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Eibar vs Real Sociedad: First Basque derby of the season

Eibar vs Real Sociedad: First Basque derby of the season

Eibar vs Real Sociedad – Ipurua – Friday 31st August 2018 – Kick off 9pm GMT

The first Basque derby of the season sees Eibar welcome Real Sociedad to the Ipurua on Friday night.

Eibar are one of just two teams, Rayo Vallecano being the other, to have lost their opening two games and things certainly won’t get easier with an unbeaten Sociedad next up.

La Real began the season with an impressive 2-1 win at Villarreal before surrendering a two goal lead to draw 2-2 at Leganes on Jornada two.

This will actually be the second meeting of the two sides this season after meeting in a pre-season friendly at the Ipurua with Real Sociedad getting the better of Los Armeros.

That was also the way of things when the sides met in San Sebastian last season with Sociedad running out 3-1 winners but the Ipurua meeting ended goalless.

Team News

Eibar are without Pedro Leon who has to receive a hernia operation, Ivan Ramis who will be returning to training this week and Kike Garcia who has a leg fibre injury keeping him out of action for two to three weeks.

The game will come too soon for new signing Pablo De Blasis while Bebe also misses out with a move to Rayo Vallecano increasingly likely. Yoel Rodriguez also misses the cut while Alex Galvez has left the club and is also expected to sign for Rayo in the coming days.

Sociedad remain without long term absentees Jon Guridi and Diego Llorente with Adnan Januzaj also out. Hector Hernandez picked up an injury last week and will also miss the trip to Eibar.

Predicted Line-Ups

Eibar (4-4-2): Dmitrovic; Pena, Oliveira, Arbilla, Angel; Jordan, Escalante, Diop, Orellana; Charles, Enrich

Real Sociedad (4-2-3-1): Rulli; Zaldua, Aritz, Moreno, Theo; Zubeldia, Illarramendi; Oyarzabal, Zurutuza, Juanmi; Willian Jose

Score Prediction 

Eibar 1-2 Real Sociedad