Real Sociedad vs. Athletic Bilbao Preview: Epic Clash Awaits La Real And Athletic

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Updated: January 2, 2014
Kike Sola- Athletic Bilbao

La Real’s close to perfect form shall be their antidote against the aggressive attacks of rival, Athletic Bilbao. Despite trailing by four (4) points, the football betting favorite is confident of earning additional points to boost their rank.

 

Match Date: 05 January 2014 (local time)
Venue: Estadio Anoeta
 
Team Form

Real Sociedad

A slow start this season barely hindered La Real from moving up in the table. Through persistence and determination, the club went back to its winning ways.

 

La Real’s progress is evident in their last six (6) matches last year in which five (5) of them worked in their favor. They thrashed Osasuna and Real Betis with five (5) goals, won a 4-3 thriller over Celta Vigo, secured a narrow win against Espanyol and disappointed Granada with three (3) points.

 

Against Athletic Bilbao, they manifest a higher possibility of gaining the upper hand due to their home court advantage. They have been successful during  their last four (4) home matches and they will most likely have a replay of spectacular performance in their own pitch.

 

However, there is no guarantee that they will score more than three (3) goals as Athletic Bilbao is also determined to block every scoring opportunity that they make.

 

 

Athletic Bilbao

After inflicting Barcelona with its first taste of defeat this season, Atheltic Bilbao’s momentum continues in Estadio Anoeta. This level of confidence is enough to help the club surmount another challenge as they face the strong Real Sociedad.

 

Currently sitting on the 4th spot of the table, Athletic Bilbao boasts an impressive form, which serves as their act of redemption after a disappointing 2-0 loss to Atletico Madrid. To note, the Los Leones have been successful in four (4) of their last six (6) matches where they snatched wins over Levente, Malaga, Rayo Vallecano and of course Barcelona.

 

Although fully aware of Real Sociedad’s strength, the club is confident that their strong away performance shall help them become victorious.  It hardly matters if play in their own ground or visit a different territory. A clear proof of this is winning nine (9) of their last ten (10) matches here in La Liga.

 

Other than that, striker , Kike Sola, after suffering from muscle pain, has already returned to training. Sola is expected to feature in this match.

 

Football betting tip: Real Sociedad

 

La Real is four (4) points short of Athletic Bilbao’s accumulated points. Nevertheless, it presents a better form than Athletic, which gives them the high possibility of winning the match in their own ground. Yet, knowing that Athletic is one of the teams to beat in this season, expect the visitors to force a down the wire match and a hard-earned victory against Real Sociedad.

 

 

 

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