Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao
Spanish La Liga
Date: Saturday, 2 February 2019
Kick-Off at 15:15 UK / 16:15 CET
Venue: Estádio Municipal de Anoeta (San Sebastian).
Tension will be high on Saturday afternoon in San Sebastian as fierce Basque rivals Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao are set to take on each other in another derby. Apart from bragging rights, the league position will also be at stake since arch enemies are separated by only one point in the middle of Primera Division ladder.
Bilbao will come into the game higher on confidence. They‘ve been struggling for consistency throughout the season, but it seems Gaizka Garitano finally managed to find winning formula.
The Lions won three and drew one of past four games in all competitions. Such form looks more impressive if we know Bilbao made it without their key talisman Aritz Aduriz who is expected to skip the derby as well through injury.
Iker Munian was the man who made the difference last Sunday when the Lions saw off Real Betis 1-0 at San Mames.
Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao: Head-to-head
Teams have 14 wins apiece in last 48 head Basque derbies.
Sociedad claimed a 1-3 victory in the previous tie against Athletic back in early-October last year at San Mames.
Athletic Bilbao are winless in last three encounters with Txuri-Urdinak (two defeats and one draw along the way).
Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao: Prediction
Sociedad’s grew in form in recent weeks too, but they will enter this off the back of an underwhelming performance in a goalless draw to the rock-bottomed Huesca on Sunday. The team led by Imanol Alguacil thus drew four of past five matches in all competitions.
There are no favourites in local derbies, especially not this one, but we just have to respect Athletic’s superb defensive form of late. The Lions allowed only one goal in last four matches.
Knowing Sociedad failed to find break Huesca’s resistance last time out, we doubt the hosts can harm the well-improved defense of Bilbao’s here.
You can have the visitors not to lose at 1.66, while Bilbao are 3.40 to keep a clean sheet on the afternoon.
Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao: Bet Tips
Athletic Bilbao or Draw @ 1.66 (4/6)
Athletic Bilbao to keep a clean sheet @ 3.40 (12/5).