Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad
Spanish La Liga
Date: Friday, 5 October 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: San Mames Barria (Bilbao).
A real buzz is expected in and around San Mames on Friday evening when Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad take on each other in the huge Basque derby to raise the curtain on the Matchday No 8 in La Liga.
The hosts will come into it in higher spirits following an impressive showing in a 1-1 draw to Barcelona last weekend away at Camp Nou. They thus responded well after the inaugural defeat of the season which came last Wednesday (0-3) to Villarreal at San Mames. It was right-back Oscar de Marcos who notched the goal for the Lions at Camp Nou. The four-man defense with two defensive midfielders resisted Barcelona’s attacks successfully all up until the 84th minute when substitute Munir tapped in Messi’s ball to set the final score.
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad: Head-to-head
Sociedad have an opportunity to make it all square in the H2H record with fierce Basque rivals at 14 wins each with a three-pointer here.
However, we have to mention that Txkuri-Urdinak bagged just four wins in 23 matches against Bilbao at San Mames.
Real Sociedad took four points from two Basque derbies in the previous tem of Primera Division.
The two sides met each other in a pre-season friendly in early-August when Bilbao took a narrow 1-0 victory.
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad: Prediction
Much like the case was with Bilbao, Sociedad also had an inconsistent campaign so far in the season. They only took eight points in seven games (still one more than Basque rivals). Nevertheless, we have to say the visitors will come into the match in lower spirits following a 0-1 loss to Valencia six days ago at Anoeta.
Asier Garitano’s men have previously just drawn 2-2 to Rayo Vallecano at home. They lost three, drew one and won one of last five league matches.
Given Sociedad struggled for success at San Mames beforehand, we can’t see them winning this one. The draw does pop up as the most likable of three outcomes and we’ll go for it at the 3.30 odds here. The value is with BTTS pick at 1.95.
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad: Bet Tips
Draw @ 3.30 (23/10)
BTTS @ 1.95 (19/20).