Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad Prediction: La Liga Match | 20.02.2022

Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad Prediction: La Liga Match on 20.02.2022

Athletic Bilbao will be looking to bounce back after the 3-2 defeat at Mallorca last time out, when they face a Real Sociedad side unbeaten in their last five outings on Sunday at 21:00GMT. 

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Can Athletic Bilbao Bounce Back to Winning Ways against Real Sociedad?

The 3-2 reverse at Mallorca was damaging to Bilbao’s chances of moving up the table. 

The Basque club currently sit five points behind 4th-placed Barcelona, which means that a challenge for the European places is possible this season.

After a run of four matches unbeaten in La Liga, Bilbao will be looking to bounce back to winning ways in Sunday’s clash with Real Sociedad. 

The focus of Athletic Bilbao is to gain consistency in collecting points to ensure that they can continue moving up the La Liga table and into the European qualification places. 

Will Real Sociedad Keep Extending Their Five-Match Unbeaten Run in La Liga with a Win at Bilbao?

After a horrible run of four consecutive losses, Real Sociedad have experienced resurgence in form over the last five matches during which they have won two and drawn three.

Sociedad will be looking to maintain the momentum in La Liga to arrest their fall from the top of the table to the current 6th position.

Currently, Sociedad are three points behind fourth-placed Barcelona, which shows that they can still challenge for a Champions League berth for next season.

Starting with Sunday’s clash with Athletic Bilbao, Sociedad will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to six matches.

Form Guide

Athletic Bilbao

In the last six La Liga rounds of matches, Athletic Bilbao have won three, drawn one, and lost two. In this run, they have hauled 10 points and dropped 8. 

This sequence of matches also involves a run before last week’s loss to Mallorca, where they went unbeaten for four matches. In this run, they won three and drew one match, collecting 10 points and dropping two.

Bilbao will be looking to bounce back to winning ways against Real Sociedad on Sunday. 

Real Sociedad

Real Sociedad have been unbeaten over the last five matches in La Liga, since they lost 3-1 to Villarreal.

Over the last six rounds of La Liga outings, Sociedad have won two, drawn three, and lost one. They have collected 9 points out of the available 18. 

Their form is not different away from home. In their last six away matches, Soledad have won two, drawn two, and lost two, ending up with 8 points out of the available 18. 

Team News

Athletic Bilbao

Unai Vencedor will not be available for selection for the match against Sociedad; the 21-year-old central midfielder is side-lined with a hamstring injury. Right winger Nico Williams will also miss the match with a hamstring problem.

Right-backs Oscar de Marcos and Ander Capa will also be doubts after testing positive for coronavirus on February 9th and 12th respectively. 

Real Sociedad

Left winger Ander Barrenetxea is a doubt for the match on Sunday; the 20-year-old is nursing a ruptured thigh muscle.
Left-back Nacho Monreal is missing with a knee injury, whereas centre-forward Carlos Fernandez is also side-lined with a ruptured cruciate ligament.

Possible Starting Lineups

Athletic Bilbao

Simon; M. Balenziaga, U. Nunez, D. Vivian, I. Lekue; I. Muniain, M. Vesga, D. Garcia, O. Zarraga; R. Garcia, O. Sancet

Real Sociedad

Alex Remiro; A. Gorosabel, A. Elustondo, R. Le Normand, A. Munoz; M. Zubimendi, M. Merino; A. Januzaj, D. Silva, M. Oyarzabal’ A. Isak

Players to Watch

Raul Garcia

The Spanish attacking midfielder offers experience, leadership, and attacking threat for Bilbao. 

The 35-year-old grabbed a 59th-minute goal in the match against Mallorca, even though his team ended up on the losing side. 

He will be instrumental for Bilbao against Real Sociedad on Sunday.

Mikel Oyarzabal

The Real Sociedad forward is a reliable performer that the team can count on when they need something to happen. 

In the last La Liga match, Oyarzabal dispatched a penalty in the 37th minute to set them on their way to three points at home to Granada. The forward will be essential in the match at Bilbao.

Prediction

Expect an evenly matched fixture with both teams staking their claim on possession, territorial domination, and attacking intent.

Real Sociedad’s resurgence will continue with a win at Bilbao. 

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Author: Jesus Simmmons