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Prediction: Athletic Bilbao to beat Real Sociedad

Prediction: Athletic Bilbao to beat Real Sociedad

Our editor Benjamin Crump has been busy looking at the stats heading into Friday night’s Basque derby and he believes Athletic Bilbao will come out of the game victorious.

The San Mames will host the first Basque derby of the season and it gives both sides a chance to get back to winning ways.

Athletic did well to secure a 1-1 draw with champions Barcelona last weekend after Oscar de Marcos gave them lead at the Camp Nou. Meanwhile, Real Sociedad lost out to Valencia, but could have drawn if Willian Jose had not missed a spot kick.

The hosts have not won a La Liga game since beating Leganes 2-1 on the opening day, meaning they have now gone five games without a win, although four have ended with a point.

La Real have been improving, remaining unbeaten in their last two before the weekend defeat to Marcelino’s Los Che.

On paper, the away side should be favourites, but it is Athletic’s impressive head-to-head form in Basque derbies which sees them our pick to win the game.

Just three defeats in 17 home games against La Real for Athletic is a good statistic, whilst both sides have struggled to keep a clean sheet this season so far, meaning goals could come a plenty tonight.

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Home win! Athletic Bilbao need to get a win soon and tonight could be as good a chance as ever. 2-1