Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction & Match Preview

Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao
Spain – LaLiga
Date: Sunday, 9 February 2020
Kick-off at 13:00 UK/ 14:00 CET
Venue: Reale Seguros Stadium (San Sebastian).

Both teams will be coming into this fixture high on confidence, after their wonderful performances in the Copa del Rey.

Likely, it’s logical to expect goals from both teams. However, the seven-match winless run in the league by Bilbao, and the fact that they are on the road, tips the scales slightly in favor of Sociedad.

Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao Head-to-head (h2h)

  • Three of the last five matches had goals from both teams, and over 2.5 match goals as well.
  • Seven of the previous eleven wins went to Sociedad.
  • Seven of the past ten wins at this venue went to the hosts.
  • 15 of the previous 19 clashes at this stadium saw the home team failing to keep a clean sheet.

Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao Match Preview

Real Sociedad lost on the road in their latest league encounter, against Leganes. However, it was more of an unlucky loss. 

The team had a lead of 0-1 at half time, after slotting in an early goal. Later though, they conceded twice, and the second of those goals had come in the 90+4th minute. Thus, Sociedad lost to a narrow 2-1 scoreline.

Meanwhile, Athletic Bilbao too faced a loss in front of the home crowd in their latest league fixture. Against Getafe, the Basque outfit conceded two unanswered goals, and thus lost the match 0-2.

However, something else needs to be mentioned. Both teams might have lost their respective La Liga games, but they more than made up for it with terrific performances in the Copa del Rey.

Athletic Bilbao had hosted Barcelona in the Copa Quarters, and in spite of the Catalans putting forth a good display, the hosts won the game with a solitary goal in the 90+3rd minute.

Elsewhere, Sociedad were simply unstoppable against Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid. At the Santiago Bernabeu, the visitors registered a 3-4 victory. Do understand that at one point in the second half, the guests were leading 0-3.

As a result of these impressive performances, both teams will be hell-bent on keeping the momentum going, and we can expect them to come out with guns blazing this Sunday.

Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction

Sociedad had won four of their last five games, and seven of the former ten. They were also unbeaten in ten of their previous thirteen match-ups, and at home, they are on a three-game winning run. Keep note that they had also scored twice or more in all three fixtures, and have not once failed to score at home this season.

On the other hand, Bilbao have a total of three wins from their past twelve fixtures, and are on a seven-match winless run in the league. On top of that, they are also on the road, and this whole season, the team has delivered a total of three wins away from home.

On the same note, it deserves mention that two of these wins had come in the Copa, against lower division teams, and the third was against a newly-promoted Osasuna. Moreover, seven of the last eleven overall h2h wins, and seven of the prior ten at this venue had gone to Sociedad as well.

Considering these observations, we can count on the home team, Real Sociedad, to record a tough-fought victory this Sunday. However, take into consideration Bilbao’s win over Barcelona, Bilbao’s win in the reverse fixture (that too while keeping a clean sheet), and the fact that they are on a scoring streak of five games against this opponent.

Finally, understand that the Basque outfit had also scored goals in 15 of their last 19 visits to this stadium as well. Taking all these observations into consideration, expect the BTTS bet to bring good returns this Sunday.

Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao Betting Tips

  • Draw No Bet: Real Sociedad @ 1.50 (1/2)
  • Both Teams to Score @ 2.00 (1/1).