Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad
Spain – LaLiga
Date: Friday, 30 August 2019
Kick-off at 21:00 UK/ 22:00 CET
Venue: Estadio San Mamés (Bilbao).
Bilbao had one of the toughest tasks to begin their season with, and impressively, they have held their end so far.
After delivering a shock loss to reigning champions Barcelona, they were tasked with taking on Getafe. The latter had been in the race for the final Champions League spot till the last day, last campaign. Still, the Basque outfit maintained their unbeaten status, and now with a home tie coming up, it’s a realistic expectation for fans to see their players remain invincible.
Opponents Sociedad too have had their share of obstacles. For their opener, they went against Valencia. The team had qualified for the earlier-mentioned fourth and last CL spot. And despite being on the road, Real managed to avoid a loss that day.
Taking inspiration from that performance, the team register a win to nil on the road the next match-day. While the stature of the squad on the other half was not that great, to begin with (since Mallorca being a newly-promoted side), to have avoided a defeat in both their opening two match-ups is no mean feat, for which current champions Barca will provide testimony.
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad Head-to-head (h2h)
- Seven of the last ten wins went to Real.
- Three of the former four matches had goals from both teams.
- Eight of the former eleven wins at this venue went to the hosts.
- Seven of the prior ten match-ups at this stadium had goals at either side of the pitch.
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad Prediction
Bilbao was unbeaten in nine of their last ten matches, and importantly, is on a 12-game invincible run in front of their home crowd. In fact, since October of last year, they have lost just once at this venue, and that was in the Copa del Rey, and against Sevilla.
The team had scored three or more goals in four of their previous six match-ups at this stadium, while their counterparts were winless in six of their last nine overall match-ups, and in an embarrassing 16 of their last 20 on the road.
Moreover, eight of the prior ten h2h wins at this venue went to the hosts as well. Taking these observations into account, coupled with their home advantage, and of course their win against Barcelona, the upper hand goes to Athletic.
But Sociedad is no pushover, and we can expect a tough fight from them. Also, three of the former four overall h2h battles and seven of the previous ten at this venue had goals from both teams. Finally, Bilbao failed to keep a clean sheet in five of their last six home ties, and Real managed to find the back of the net in 10 of their prior 12 road trips.
With these observations acting as pointers, count on the BTTS clause to be satisfied this weekend.
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad Betting Tips
Both Teams to Score @ 1.90 (9/10)
Draw No Bet: Athletic Bilbao @ 1.44 (4/9).