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Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad Predictions & Tips - Basque rivals set for a draw in La Liga

  • Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad predictions for Thursday’s La Liga match
  • Match is being played at 1pm GMT at San Mames in Bilbao
  • Real Sociedad have failed to win in their last 9 matches in all competitions
  • I am backing these Basque rivals to battle to a draw
  • Read on for more free predictions and betting tips
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Athletic Bilbao host Real Sociedad in La Liga (Getty Images)

Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad Predictions


Athletic Bilbao host Real Sociedad in a high profile Basque derby. The visitors have found it hard to win after a strong start in La Liga and could be content to avoid defeat at San Mames.

  • Athletic Bilbao have drawn 3 of their last 6 matches (La Liga).
  • Real Sociedad have failed to win in their last 9 matches (all competitions).
  • Real Sociedad have drawn 6 of their last 9 matches (all competitions).

Head to Head


Athletic Bilbao have a 60-52 advantage against Real Sociedad with 38 draws in 150 matches. 

Athletic Bilbao won 2-0 at home last season before a 2-1 defeat in San Sebastian.

Athletic Bilbao Form


Athletic Bilbao have slipped down the La Liga table after recording one win in their last six matches. They drew 2-2 at Valencia before a 3-1 defeat at Real Madrid when Raúl García was sent off in the 13th minute.

Gaizka Garitano’s side bounced back with a 2-0 home win against Huesca. It was a tight match until the visitors saw a man sent off in the 85th minute, Kenan Kodro converting the penalty and Unai Núñez wrapping it up in added time.

Athletic Bilbao’s last match was a 1-1 draw at Villarreal. Iñaki Williams opened the scoring but they couldn’t hold on after managing 34% possession.

Athletic Bilbao Injuries & Team News


Centre-back Peru Nolaskoain remains out injured.

Expect attacking midfielder Raúl García to return to the starting side after coming off the bench in Villarreal.

Real Sociedad Form


Real Sociedad’s great start to the season is a distant memory after failing to win in their last 9 matches in all competitions. They were top of La Liga but have now lost their last three matches.

Imanol Alguacil’s side lost 2-1 at Barcelona despite Willian José opening the scoring. The Basque club then lost 2-1 at Levante with Alexander Isak putting them in front.

Real Sociedad’s last match was 2-0 home defeat to Atletico Madrid. They could only manage one shot on target in a match with very few chances.

Real Sociedad Injuries & Team News


Real Sociedad attacking midfielder Adnan Januzaj is injured. Defensive midfielder Asier Illarramendi and right back Joseba Zaldua are doubtful.

Centre-back Aritz Elustondo and winger Mikel Oyarzabal are fully fit and should return to the starting side.

Willian José competes with Alexander Isak for a spot up front.

Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad Tips

What is the Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad best bet?

Real Sociedad have failed to win in their last 9 matches with a draw the best bet.

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Verdict

Real Sociedad were leading La Liga but have now failed to win in nine matches in all competitions. Two of their last three defeats came against Barcelona and Atletico Madrid.

Athletic Bilbao have not been at their best in recent weeks with a draw my best bet.

Best Bet: Draw Full Time Result @220.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw Correct Score @550.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit

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