Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad / LaLiga – Even when Athletic and Real Sociedad are playing very modest, as is the case in the first seven rounds of this championship, the Basque derby attracts great attention and fans of these two clubs forget what has been so far. It is only important to win a big rival, and for Athletic it would be just another triumph and an end to a negative series of five matches without a win, while Real Sociedad has one triumph and one point more than its host. Last season, duel of these Basque rivals in Bilbao ended without a goal, while the host celebratd in San Sebastian with 3-1.
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad begins 05.10.2018 at 21:00 CET
After a very modest last season, the start of the new season does not seem promising for the team of Athletic and for now they are just above the relegation zone in the group of teams that have only two points more than the teams that are in the positions that lead to Segunda. Athletic has celebrated a victory only in the first round, and they came to that triumph of 2-1 in the injury time. After that, they even made four draws and one defeat, but they had quite a difficult schedule.
They lost only once, two rounds ago from Villarreal on their field, while they in the last one a point in Barcelona last weekend. They have also played a draw with Real Madrid on their field and that is what encourages them. Coach Berizzo is constantly changing the starting lineup, but he is mostly forced to, as he is now due to the injury of I.Martinz, who is unlikely to be ready.
Probable lineups Athletic Bilbao: Simon – de Marcos, Nolaskoain, Yeray, Balenziaga – Dani Garcia, Benat – M.Susaeta, Raul Garcia, Y.Berchiche – Williams
It can be said that Real Sociedad is very disappointed in the season so far, mostly because they were already defeated three times, but they deserve much more in some games. First and foremost, we should mention their match with Barcelona at home against which they had a lot of opportunity to finish their job, but they lost with 2-1. They had a lead against Leganes with 2-0, but the end result was 2-2 as well as in their duel against Rayo Vallecano when they had the lead of 1-0.
Both wins were made by Villarreal and Huesca, and in the last round they lost at Anoeta from Valencia with 1-0. It was the first match this season in which they did not score, but Willian Jose has also missed the penalty. He returned to the team after he was a reservist against Rayo Vallecano, while Illarramendi, Zurutuza and Raul Navas jumped in the team again. Moya is on the goal instead of Rullio, while Zaldua and Merino got injured in that duel, so they will miss this match in Bilbao.
Probable lineups Real Sociedad: Moya – Aritz, H.Moreno, Raul Navas, Rodrigues – Illarremendi, Zubeldia – Oyarzabal, Zurutuza, Ruben Pardo – Willian Jose
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad PICK
It can be said that both rivals have earned some better results so far, but it is also evident that they score goals easier than they manage to keep their net intact. That is why we expect an open match with goals in both nets.
Pick: both teams will score
Odds: 1.98 at sportingbet (down to 1.88 can be played)
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