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Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao predictions for Sunday’s big Basque derby in La Liga. Two of Spain’s fiercest rivals lock horns at Reale Arena on Matchday 23, as Real Sociedad square off against Athletic Bilbao in the Basque derby. Read on for all our free La Liga predictions and betting tips.

Predictions & Tips

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Both Teams To Score @ 1/1

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Draw 2-2 @ 16/1

Reason For Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao Predictions

  • Both teams have scored in seven of Real Sociedad’s last eight La Liga home games and in four of Athletic Club’s last five away league matches.
  • Bilbao have drawn their last three La Liga outings on the road and are unbeaten in seven away games across all competitions.
  • Real Sociedad head into this Sunday’s derby on the back of three La Liga defeats from four.

Bilbao stun Barca at the death once more

The 2019/20 campaign began so memorably for Athletic Bilbao when Aditz Aduriz’ spectacular stoppage time bicycle kick sank champions Barcelona at San Mames on Matchday 1, and Los Leones repeated the trick against the Catalan giants in Thursday’s Copa Del Rey Quarter-Final to move into the last four.

This time it was Inaki Williams who delivered the heroics late in the piece for Gaizka Garitano’s side, and the result may now spark a revival for Los Leones in La Liga after a run of seven games without a win.

Fans will be hoping that their team can carry forward their momentum into this Sunday’s big Basque derby at Reale Arena, as Bilbao seek to complete a priceless league double over their arch rivals, following a 2-0 success in August’s reverse fixture.

It’s a big ask considering they have won just one of their 11 away league games this term (W1, D7 and L3), however Thursday’s triumph and recent draws on the road against Real Madrid (0-0) and Sevilla (1-1) suggest that Garitano’s charges are more than capable of obtaining a positive result in San Sebastian this weekend.

Sociedad silence the Bernabeu

Real Sociedad will be equally fired up for this Sunday’s contest though, after a tremendous 3-4 success against Real Madrid in Thursday’s other Copa Del Rey Quarter-Final tie at Santiago Bernabeu.

A brace from Swedish ace Alexander Isak spearheaded Sociedad into a 0-3 lead after 56 minutes to stun the current La Liga leaders, who couldn’t restore parity despite a thrilling late fightback. Txuri-urdinak ran out 3-4 winners at full time, and there’s a real chance now that this Sunday’s game may not be the last Basque derby that we witness this season, with Sociedad and Bilbao potentially set to meet in the Semi-Finals.

However, like Bilbao, Sociedad must reset themselves for this Sunday’s huge clash at Reale Arena, which carries significant implications for them aside from the teams’ bitter rivalry.

Imanol Alguacil’s side have dropped to 8th in the table after losing three from their last four La Liga matches, and desperately need to secure three points this weekend to get back in the hunt for European football. Txuri-urdinak are five points behind the Champions League places, so they need to start putting a run together fast to stay seriously involved.

Expect cup triumphs to spark an enthralling game

Despite indifferent league form, both sides should be brimming with confidence heading into Sunday’s big game after their midweek cup exploits. As a result, it’s possible that we could see a few goals in this one and a derby more open that we’re traditionally used to.

With the teams looking evenly matched and separated by just three points in the table, the goals markets appeal significantly more than the match betting, and we’re backing both teams to score at Reale Arena. That’s been the case in all but one of Sociedad’s last eight home league matches, while four of Bilbao’s last five La Liga outings on the road have also seen both teams hit the net.

Sociedad have scored at least twice in all but one of their last half dozen home league games and have averaged 2.1 goals per game overall at Reale Arena this term, so 2-2 is our speculative correct score vote at a decent price for this highly anticipated Matchday 23 showdown in San Sebastian.

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