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

  • Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao predictions for Wednesday’s La Liga match
  • The game is being played at 8pm BST at Reale Arena
  • Real Sociedad have seen under 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches
  • I am backing under 2.5 goals and a draw in La Liga
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Real Sociedad have seen under 2.5 goals in 3 of their last 4 matches against Athletic Bilbao (Getty Images)
Mat Marshall 06 Apr 2021
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Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao Predictions


Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad couldn’t score from open play in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday. This should be another close clash with under 2.5 goals my best bet.

  • Real Sociedad have seen under 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches (all competitions).
  • Real Sociedad are undefeated in 5 of their last 7 matches (all competitions).
  • Real Sociedad have seen under 2.5 goals in 3 of their last 4 matches against Athletic Bilbao (all competitions).
  • Athletic Bilbao have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 3 matches (all competitions).
  • Athletic Bilbao are undefeated in 15 of their last 18 matches (all competitions).
  • Athletic Bilbao have drawn 8 of their last 12 matches (all competitions).
  • Athletic Bilbao have seen BTTS in 16 of their last 19 matches (all competitions).

Head to Head


Athletic Bilbao have a 60-54 advantage against Real Sociedad with 38 draws in 152 matches.

These clubs met in the 2019/20 Copa del Rey final on Saturday, Real Sociedad winning 1-0 thanks to Mikel Oyarzabal’s penalty.

Real Sociedad Form


Real Sociedad are 5th in La Liga and in contention for Europa League qualification. 

Imanol Alguacil’s side held Manchester United to a 0-0 draw in the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 second leg. They were knocked out after a 4-0 defeat in the first leg sealed their fate.

Real Sociedad returned to La Liga with a 1-1 draw at Real Madrid and 1-0 win against Levante. They lost 1-0 in Granada and 6-1 at home against Barcelona before the international break.

The Basque club earned bragging rights after beating rivals Athletic Bilbao 1-0 in the 2019/20 Copa del Rey final on Saturday. A penalty to Mikel Oyarzabal was enough to lift the trophy.

Real Sociedad Injuries & Team News


Attacking midfielder Luca Sangalli is out for the season with a knee injury.

Centre back Aritz Elustondo came off the bench on Saturday and right back Joseba Zaldua could return from injury here.

Defensive midfielder Asier Illarramendi and attacking midfielder David Silva are injured.

Athletic Bilbao Form


Athletic Bilbao have seen an upturn in form since Marcelino became manager in January. They are undefeated in 15 of their last 18 matches in all competitions.

The Basque club have failed to win in their last four games. Marcelino’s side lost 2-1 at Atletico Madrid before a 0-0 draw at Celta Vigo and 1-1 draw against Eibar.

Athletic Bilbao lost 1-0 against Real Sociedad in the 2019/20 Copa del Rey final on Saturday. They kept it tight but conceded a second half penalty in Sevilla.

Athletic Bilbao Injuries & Team News


Athletic Bilbao centre back Peru Nolaskoain has not played this season as he continues his comeback from injury.

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Verdict

Real Sociedad beat Athletic Bilbao 1-0 in the Copa del Rey final on Saturday with chances few and far between. This should be another cagey encounter with under 2.5 goals my best bet.

Best Bet: Under 2.5 Goals Total Goals @-166.67 at Unibet - 4 Units
Value Bet: Draw Full Time Result @230.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw Correct Score @550.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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