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Real Sociedad vs Ath Bilbao Prediction & Betting tips
Saturday evening in the Anoeta time again for the Euskal Derbia, or the Basque region derby between Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao. Real Sociedad is a favorite, but this season it is remarkably difficult in the house. Athletic Bilbao gets back on after a moderate start of the season and smells blood.
Too big for the napkin, but still too small for the tablecloth. That way you might best describe the season of Real Sociedad. The Basques are still in the race for European football with a ninth place, but this season is extremely changeable. Especially the results in their own Anoeta are very disappointing with only two victories in ten home games. Last summer the often cursed dirt track around the field was finally removed, but since then there is not much left of the invincible feeling in your own house. Also last weekend, La Real did not reach any further than a goalless draw for the home crowd against Hekkenca.
The season ticket holders of Real Sociedad are therefore not exactly pampered this year. Last week there were even flute concerts from the stands. “I understand the frustration of the fans,” said trainer Imanol Alguacil. “However, the players have given everything. It is not easy to get a very defensive opponent on the knees. Hopefully we can treat our fans against Athletic Bilbao to victory. ‘
Until recently, Athletic Bilbao had to fear for her very first relegation ever, but since Gaizka Garitano swings the skepter in the San Mames, the Basques have found their way back to the middle. Last week, the red-mare won at home with 1-0 from Real Betis, so they were unbeaten for the fourth time in a row. “It was a great afternoon,” Garitano exulted. ‘The public, the players, everyone feels involved. I do not look at the rankings. I do not believe in long-term goals anyway, because the next game is always the most important one. ‘
Since the appointment of Garitano, Athletic Bilbao is in any case a team to be reckoned with. Goals are still scarce in the San Mames, but thanks to the rock-solid rearguard, points are always taken regularly. In addition, Garitano will be satisfied with the form of former prodigy Iker Muniain, who with six goals in barely seven goals attempts to call himself the most efficient player of La Liga. He was also the celebrated man against Real Betis. On Saturday evening, however, most attention will probably go to Inaki Williams, who can be extremely dangerous with the speed of changeover. It is certainly no coincidence that De Panter from Lezama is especially accurate in away games.
Real Sociedad vs Ath Bilbao head to head matches
05.10.18 LL Ath Bilbao Real Sociedad 1 : 3
04.08.18 CF Real Sociedad Ath Bilbao 0 : 1
28.04.18 LL Real Sociedad Ath Bilbao 3 : 1
16.12.17 LL Ath Bilbao Real Sociedad 0 : 0
12.03.17 LL Real Sociedad Ath Bilbao 0 : 2