Real Sociedad VS Athletic Bilbao Prediction
“The Basque derby” (Euskal Derbia) will take place in Sunday evening when Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao will close the sixth La Liga round with their clash on “Anoeta” in San Sebastian. Both clubs from The Basque country can’t be so pleased with their season so far as Real Sociedad finally managed to win its first game in the new season, when in Tuesday evening “La Real” won in Granada.
Athletic’s midweek fixture wasn’t that successful and “The Lions” from Bilbao lost from Real Madrid – 1:2 on their own “San Mames” after a brace by Karim Benzema. This leaves “Los Leones” on 17th position (after the games in Saturday evening) where Ernesto Valverde’s men have only 3 points won after the first 5 rounds – which came from the 3:1 win vs Getafe. However, we must mention that these defeats came against all top 3 teams like Barcelona, Villarreal and Real Madrid, as the most surprising loss was from Eibar, but Eibar also shows good football and the team is in top 6. We doubt that someone expected so few points won by Athletic, especially after their Spanish Super Cup success, but that’s the reality now and the team from Bilbao must bounce back before the important 7 days in which “The Lions” have the local derby vs Real Sociedad, followed by a visit in Netherlands (vs AZ Alkmaar) part from their UEFA Europa League campaign, while in the upcoming weekend Athletic Bilbao welcomes another big name in Spanish football – Valencia.
Real Sociedad were in even worse situation before the trip to Granada as they had only 2 points won after the first 4 rounds, but now the team of David Moyes can be happier as the 5 points are placing Real Sociedad in the middle of the table, as “La Real” occupies 11th position and they must show consistency, after the poor start. Imanol Agirretxe scored a hat-trick in the 3:0 win and the number 9 in the hosts from San Sebastian gave a very serious request for a starting position in Sunday evening.
Match prediction, Possible squads and Formations – Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilba- The Basque Derby in Primera Division – 27 September 2015
Real Sociedad must use the day which they had more from Athletic, as “La Real” is certainly the team in better morale, after the great win in Andalusia. Now “Erreala” will return at home and we expect that David Moyes men won’t lose the game, at least.
Athletic Bilbao had a very exhausting game vs Real Madrid and we believe that “The Lions” won’t be in their best shape, as they lost their last two encounters. Now Ernesto Valverde is under pressure again and the former striker of Athletic has to search for the first win over Real Sociedad since February 2012, as Valverde must choose his squad without the injured Jonás Ramalho, Eneko Boveda and Iker Muniain, which leaves question for the right-back position where most likely Óscar de Marcos will operate.
Real Sociedad was in a great streak against the regional rivals before the last three games (three consecutive draws), as “La Real” won three times in a row and now they have a good chance to fight for all of the pot again.
Real Sociedad looks like a decent bet here but we will cover it with the Asian Handicap 0 on them. Iñigo Martínez is back in contention, while the only crucial absence is of the right-back Joseba Zaldúa.
Possible starting lineups:
Real Sociedad: Rulli – Bella, I. Martinez, Reyes, Elustondo – Pardo, Illarramendi – Prieto, Zurutuza, Vela – Agirretxe. (4-2-3-1)
Athletic Bilbao: Iraizoz – De Marcos, Etxeita, Laporte, Balenziaga – Benat, san Jose – Susaeta, Garcia, Merino – Aduriz. (4-2-3-1)
Referee: Carlos Velasco.
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