Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao
Spanish La Liga
Date: Saturday, 28 April 2018
Kick-off at 15:15 UK/ 16:15 CET
Venue: Estadio Anoeta (San Sebastian).
Basque derby returns to Spain when Real Sociedad welcome Athletic Bilbao to Anoeta on Saturday evening.
Real Sociedad missed the chance to move closer to the Europa League zone after got the beating from already relegated Malaga. They are 11th in the standings, but only 5 points separate them from Sevilla occupying the final European spot. Still, the competition is intense as teams ranked 8 to 12 in the race.
Home form of Sociedad is quite strong as they won 5 of their last 6 games scoring 19 goals and 4 shut outs. But the lone defeat during the time came against Getafe who are one of the worst travelers in the league. This indeed prove that they can be complacent at times as well as overconfident in their own abilities.
Athletic Bilbao are sinking without a trace and their 1-3 home defeat to the relegation bound Levante last week is another nail in the coffin. Now they are on a three match win-less run as well as 2 wins came from the last 9 games. The inability to pick points on a consistent basis had pushed them to the bottom half of the table and the chances of playing in Europe next season is now gone.
Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao: Head-to-head
Saturday, 28th April 2018 mark the 142nd La Liga meeting between the two teams. Bilbao is the most successful team with 58 wins along with 37 draws while Sociedad were victorious on 46 occasions.
Bilbao are unbeaten in the last 3 games against Sociedad, 2 wins and 1 draw. This includes a goal-less draw from first leg of the season as well as a 2-0 win at the Anoeta last season.
Eight of their last 9 head-to-head meetings across all venues saw under 2.5 goals.
Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao: Prediction
Derby matches are always hard to predict, but we may get this one right. Real Sociedad have been excellent at their home turf off-late. And they will be on top of their game after given a wake-up call with the defeat against Malaga last week.
On the other hand, Bilbao are finding it hard to win matches both in home and away matches. The defense is their weakest link having conceded 3 goals in 2 games against teams sitting at the bottom 4 of the league table.
Therefore, the three points are there for Sociedad to win and I can see them doing it since they are sharp in front of the goal.
Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao: Bet Tips
Sociedad to win @ 1.95 with 1xBet
Under 2.5 goals @ 2.01 with the same firm.