The third Basque derby of the season is upon us and Real Sociedad are looking to make it three wins from three against their neighbors Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday night.
Real Sociedad have the home advantage and have already recorded two 1-0 wins against Athletic Bilbao in the league and cup this season, so head into the pair's latest encounter as the bookmaker's favorites.
We back them to win again, and here is why:
- Athletic have won once in their last 12 away trips.
- Sociedad have won three of their last four home league games.
- The hosts have won five of their last six league clashes with Bilbao.
Brief reasoning behind our pick:
These two Basque rivals met in the 2020 Copa del Rey final over the weekend, with Sociedad winning. Following a bad away record, we don't see Athletic having any retribution here.
The visitors have lost seven of their 14 games this season, and have only won once in the last twelve. They travel to Sociedad, who have won three of their last four home league games, and their good form should continue following their Spanish cup victory.
Real Sociedad has defeated Athletic in five of their last six LaLiga games, including a 1-0 victory in the cup final at the weekend. Athletic have lost their last three league away games to Real Sociedad, and we expect them to lose again here.
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