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Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad 28.04.2015


Athletic Bilbao vs. Real Sociedad / La Liga – Out of three matches that will be played on Tuesday in La Liga definitely the most interesting is the Basque derby in Bilbao, where two bitter rivals who don’t have overly successful season will face each other but it is irrelevant for this match. It is a match for itself, regardless of current positions in the standings, where right now Athletic stands better as it has seven points more than the team from San Sebastian and is the Cup finalist. Therefore, the hosts have a better season and what they need to make their world perfect is to win this derby but their guests want the same, who haven’t won this match at home this autumn as the result stayed 1-1. Begins: 28.04.2015 – 22:00 CET

Athletic Bilbao

As soon as they left behind themselves matches against more difficult teams Athletci footballers have started winning again. They had a series of three matches without victory that include defeats by Sevilla and Espanyol, and a lucky draw at San Mames with Valecia. In the last two rounds they played against Getafer and Cordoba and neither of them have managed to score against them; Getafe was heavily defeated by 4-0 and Cordoba was won away by 1-0, which sent this team in the Segunda.

They paid dearly that victory as Ibai Gomez got injured and will not take part in this derby, as well as stopper Etxeite who earned the fifth yellow card. Munian, Iturraspe and Blenziaga are injured from before but they might show up on the bench now. It means that Gurpegui will play stopper and it is possible that Iraola plays the right back, which would then move de Marcos in the midfield Ibai Gomez.

Probable lineups Athletic Bilbao: Iraizoz – Iraola, Gurpegui, Laporte, Aurtenetxe – San Jose, Benat – Williams, M. Rico, de Marcos – Aduriz

Real Sociedad

Since Real Sociead moved on the safe distance from the relegation zone this team have again started playing badly. They didn’t win in last five rounds and their result is three draws, two were played at home, and two away defeats in a row when they didn’t score a single goal. They didn’t score in last two matches as they were defeaed by Elche 1-0, while on Saturday they drew with Villarreal 0-0 at home, although it could easily happen to lose the match in its finish when were saved by goalie Rulli.

After the disappointing defeat by Elche coach Moyes had to make some changes in order to force the team to play better but the only progress is visible in the defence, where standard stopper I. Martinez is back after recovery from injury. Zaldue couldn’t play on, for him usual, right flank because of yellow cards but now he is back in the team, while there is still a dilemma about the midfield. It is certain that Agirretxe will play the striker and it is possible that behind him in a more offensive formation play Vela, Chori Castro and Xabi Prieto, or perhaps Canales instead of Chori Castro.

Probable lineups Real Sociedad: Rulli – Zaldua, M. Gonzalez, I. Martinez, de la Bella – Ruben Pardo, Granero – Vela, Xabi Prieto, Canales (Chori Castro) – Agirretxe

Athletic Bilbao – Real Sociedad PICK

Athletic is anyway a favourite but this is a special match and Real Sociedad will give its maximum in order to make a surprise. They are undefeated in the last two seasons in Bilbao and we expect that the visitors can play now on an equal footing and score a goal, which would make the match more efficient.

Pick: over 2.5 goals

Stake: 5/10

Odds: 2.05 at betvictor (down to 1.95 can be played)

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