Athletic Bilbao welcomes Real Sociedad

Athletic Bilbao welcomes Real Sociedad in the big Basque derby from the third round of La Liga. It’s going to be really hot at the San Mames Barria, just as always when these two teams face each other. Let’s preview this exciting derby in our La Liga predictions.

Athletic started the season on the highest note possible, beating the champion Barcelona at home. The veteran Aritz Aduriz scored an icredible goal in the end of the game, which meant first three points for Los Leones.

In their second game Athletic secured a point during the visit to Getafe at the Coliseum Alfonso Perez. The match ended with a 1-1 draw. Raul Garcia opened the score with an early goal for the visitors, but Jaime Mata equalised for Getafe just few minutes later.

In the second half Athletic’ manager Gaizka Garitano put Aduriz on the pitch again, but this time the experienced striker didn’t have the luck to score.

Real Sociedad started the season in the exactly same way as their Basque rivals – with four points from the first two rounds.

In their opening game La Real shared the points with Valencia at the Mestalla, while in the second round they celebrated a first win. Imanol Alguacil’s boys faced the newcomer Mallorca and enjoyed a tough, but sweet 1-0 win. The only goal in the game was scored by the Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard, who executed well an assist from Portu just seven minutes before the end. Odegaard is playing for Real Sociedad as a loanee from Real Madrid and we expect to see him playing an important role for the club this season.

That’s our La Liga predictions for the amazing Basque derby between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad on Friday. This matches are always unpredictable, so be careful. We expect to see some goals being scored, though.