Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad: Basque derby kicks off Jornada eightOctober 4, 2018
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad – San Mames – Friday 5th October – Kick off 8pm UK time
Friday night sees Athletic Bilbao welcome Real Sociedad to San Mames as the Basque rivals meet for the first time this season to begin the La Liga weekend.
Hosts Athletic sit in 15th place but with a game in hand following the postponement of their earlier clash with Rayo Vallecano with a win in that match possibly lifting them as high as eighth.
Los Leones earned an impressive point away at Barcelona last weekend but prior to that had struggled, losing 3-0 in their last home match against Villarreal.
Despite a strong start to the season, La Real sit just a point above their rivals after a draw at home to Rayo was followed by a defeat at home to Valencia last weekend.
Last season’s game at San Mames ended in a goalless draw with Sociedad winning 3-1 at the Anoeta, thanks to a double own goal from Mikel San Jose.
Eduardo Berizzo confirmed on Thursday that both Aritz Aduriz and Inigo Martinez will be available for the derby despite concerns on the contrary. Iago Herrerin is also available for selection after injury but is likely to only make the bench with Unai Simon expected to continue in goal.
As for Asier Garitano and Real Sociedad, they remain without the injured quartet of Jon Guridi, Diego Llorente, Adnan Januzaj and Martin Merquelanz.
Athletic Bilbao (4-3-3): Simon; De Marcos, Yeray, Nolaskoain, Balenziaga; Raul Garcia, Dani Garcia, Benat; Susaeta, Williams, Yuri
Real Sociedad (4-1-2-1-2): Moya; Aritz, Navas, Moreno, Rodrigues; Zubeldia; Pardo, Illarramendi; Zurutuza; Oyarzabal, Willian Jose
Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Real Sociedad