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Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad, 2019-20 Spanish La Liga – Preview, Prediction, Head-to-Head, Lineups and Live Stream

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Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad will meet on Friday at San Mames for their game of the third round in 2019-20 Spanish La Liga at San Mames Stadium.

Three points from Friday’s Basque derby would see either Athletic Club or Real Sociedad go top of the early La Liga Santander table, as well as securing local bragging rights for the coming months.

With both Athletic and La Real having begun the season amazingly with success and a draw their two opening fixtures, the 146th La Liga meeting between the clubs from the Basque Country’s two greatest urban communities ought to be critical in setting the pace for what could well be phenomenal seasons for the two teams.

Bilbao had one of the hardest tasks to start their season with, and stunningly, they have held their end up until this point.

Subsequent to delivering a shocking misfortune 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. In any case, the Basque outfit kept up their unbeaten status, and now with a home tie coming up, it’s a reasonable desire for fans to see their players stay powerful.

Rivals Sociedad too have had a lot of hindrances. For their opener, they conflicted with Valencia. The team had qualified for the earlier-mentioned fourth and last CL spot. Furthermore, in spite of being on the road, Real managed to stay away from a misfortune that day.

Taking inspiration from that presentation, the team register a success to nil on the road the next match-day. While the stature of the squad on the other half was not excessively incredible, to begin with (since Mallorca being a recently promoted side), to have maintained a strategic distance from a defeat in both their opening two match-ups is no mean accomplishment, for which current champions Barca will give testimony.

The so-called ‘friendly’ derby happens in the Basque Country this Friday. In contrast to other local rivalries, these two sets of supporters get along broadly well with a shared Basque pride the overriding emotion on nights like this. Anyway, the action on the pitch is ordinarily as frantic as any derby and there might be a bit more needle to this game than in past seasons following remarks from Athletic’s Inaki Williams this week.

His recommendation that Athletic have increasingly ‘home’ players than La Real may have struck a nerve in the Sociedad camp. It is though the guests who have delighted in the better of things in this fixture in recent years and they finished an uncommon league double over Athletic in 2018/19. They head into this game on a high too following Martin Odegaard’s late champ at Mallorca a weekend ago.

The two sides have 4 points on the board and that is a brilliant return for Athletic from opening games at home to Barcelona and away to Getafe. Gaizka Garitano’s side will likewise take certainty from their superb home record which presently remains at 15 unbeaten league games at San Mames. Their last home defeat in La Liga came in this very fixture last October.

Sociedad will plan to celebrate another derby triumph on this ground however they will know that it will be harder this season. Athletic are considerably more strong defensively now than they were a year back. It’ll be fascinating to perceive how Imanol approaches this one and whether he will be striking and attempt to take the game to Athletic with some exciting youthful attacking talents in the visiting ranks.

Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad Head to Head (H2H)

  • Last 6 competitive meetings: 2 Athletic Wins, 3 Sociedad Wins, 1 Draw.
  • Sociedad were 3-1 victors here last season with Mikel Oyarzabal changing over two penalties and have just lost on 1 of their last 5 excursions to San Mames.
  • La Real finished the derby double by winning 2-1 in the conflict at Anoeta last term.
  • Athletic’s last competitive triumph over Sociedad came via a 2-0 win in San Sebastian in March 2017.
  • Seven of the last ten successes went to Real.
  • Three of the previous four matches had goals from both teams.
  • Eight of the previous eleven successes at this venue went to the hosts.
  • Seven of the earlier ten match-ups at this stadium had goals at either side of the pitch.

Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad

Reason: Spain – La Liga Matchday 3
Date: Friday, 30 August 2019
Kick-off Time: 21:00 UK/ 22:00 CET
Venue: Estadio San Mamés (Bilbao)
TV Channel/Live Stream: FuboTV (for free trial)

Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad Predicted Lineups

Athletic Bilbao Predicted XI

Goalkeeper: Simon
Defenders: Capa, Nunez, Yeray, Berchiche
Defensive Midfielders: Dani Garcia, Unai Lopez
Attacking Midfielders: De Marcos, Raul Garcia, Muniain
Forwards: Williams

Real Sociedad Predicted XI

Goalkeeper: Moya
Defenders: Zaldua, Le Normand, Zubeldia, Munoz
Midfielders: Odegaard, Illarramendi, Merino
Forwards: Januzaj, Oyarzabal, Willian Jose

Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad Match Prediction

This is probably going to be an ordinary derby, played at a high beat and the 10:00 p.m. kick-off time should help that during an era of year when the warmth is a genuine factor in some La Liga matches. Athletic will weapon for retribution after two defeats to Sociedad the last term yet the guests have more goal dangers in their team and look fit for leaving with an outcome once more.

Bilbao was unbeaten in nine of their last ten matches, and significantly, is on a 12-game strong run before their home crowd. Truth be told, since October of a year ago, they have lost only once at this venue, and that was in the Copa del Rey, and against Sevilla.

The team had scored at least three goals in four of their past six match-ups at this stadium, while their counterparts were winless in six of their last nine overall match-ups, and in a humiliating 16 of their last 20 on the road.

Additionally, eight of the earlier ten h2h succeeds at this venue went to the hosts also. Considering these perceptions, combined with their home advantage, and obviously their success against Barcelona, the upper hand goes to Athletic.

Be that as it may, Sociedad is no pushover, and everyone can anticipate an extreme battle from them. Additionally, three of the previous four overall h2h fights and seven of the past ten at this venue had goals from the two teams. At last, Bilbao failed to keep a spotless sheet in five of their last six home ties, and Real managed to find the back of the net in 10 of their earlier 12 excursions.


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Dan Zinman started his career as an astronomer and college professor and quickly expanded into popularizing the understanding of science and scientific discovery. He did this through writing books, essays, and articles. He is contributing by writing news articles for timebulletin.com.