Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad Prediction 31.12.2020

Here's our Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad Prediction analysis: Preparing us for the New Year, just on its eve, the illustrious Basque Derby will be on our screens as Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad battle for bragging rights and maximum points at the San Mames Stadium on Thursday afternoon.

Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad Prediction
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Match status: 2020/21 La Liga - Matchweek 16
Venue: Estadio San Mamés (Bilbao)
One of the surprise packages of the La Liga this season, Real Sociedad are tearing it up in the division, and giving their fans something to cheer about. Imanol Alguacil deserves loads of plaudits for the amazing work he has done at the club since taking over the reins.

Quick off the blocks, the Royal rapidly rose to the top of the standings early on. However, a dismal three-game losing streak has seen them drop them the standings, and almost out of league title contention. Now, Sociedad must pick up a favorable result here to return to winning ways.

Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad Team News

An established midtable La Liga club, Athletic Bilbao will be more than happy to be in and around that zone come season-end. So far, so good for them as they sit comfortably in 10th place, having amassed a decent 18 points from 15 games.

Really solid in recent weeks, Bilbao have shaken off their early-season woes to begin stringing series of satisfactory results on the trot. While making light work of the league minnows, this side are also giving the top guns a run for their money.

They put in a typical resilient display on the last matchday to have a share of the spoils against high-flyers Villarreal. Though expected to be swept aside by the Yellow Submarine, Bilbao confounded their critics with a masterful performance.

In fact, they should have headed home with all three points in the bag after Inaki Williams buried the ball in the back of the net inside 19 minutes. However, as the clock wound down, Villarreal’s Pino hit the target to post a 1-1 score on the board.

You bet Garitano will be proud of his boys for the result, having matched such a formidable side toe-to-toe on the day. Now, they have suffered defeat in only three of their previous eight games – two of those losses coming against Real Madrid and Celta Vigo.

With Real Sociedad lurking around the corner, Bilbao must devise an effective means of shutting Alguacil’s men out. In something of a rut at the moment, the Royal have lost their last three games on the bounce.

Surely, they will be desperate for victory here to get back on the winning train. While the league title may already be out of reach, Sociedad are still in with a shout at Champions League qualification. Brace yourselves for an entertaining clash between these cross-town rivals come kickoff.

Injured or Suspended Players

Athletic Bilbao: No injuries or suspensions.
Real Sociedad: Luca Sangalli, Alex Sola, Asier Illarramendi, Mikel Oyarzabal and David Silva.

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Who will win the match?

Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad Predictions

While Sociedad are currently on a worrying losing streak, it is worth noting that they have actually been delivering solid performances in their games. But for some reason, they just always end up on the losing side. They wouldn’t want a repeat of that here.

Bilbao are a decent side, and have caused a couple of big teams some troubles this term. As such, we cannot trust La Royal to outrightly see them off. The safest punt will be wagering a double chance backing Real Sociedad for victory.
Our Betting Tip:
Draw @ 3.22
Correct Score:
Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Real Sociedad @ 6.00

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