Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao February 2: Prediction and Preview

  • Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao February 2 Highlights
  • Date: Feb 2/19, 09:15 AM ET
  • Where: Anoeta Stadium, San Sebastian, Spain
  • Betting Odds at New Jersey Sportsbook: Pointsbet NJ

Real Sociedad vs Athletic Bilbao February 2 Prediction

Two of La Liga’s biggest rivals will meet over the weekend having enjoyed revivals under new management after poor starts for both sides. Real Sociedad were languishing in 15th when they sacked then manager Asier Garitano and promoted B team manager, Imanol Alguacil, for the second time in two seasons just before Christmas.

Since then La Real have picked up from where they left off last time under Alguacil having gone four games unbeaten. It included a win at the Santiago Bernabeu for the first time since 2004. The upturn in form has dragged Real Sociedad away from the relegation zone and up among the European spots. Though three consecutive draws means they have failed to take advantage of sides above them slipping up. The hosts are currently ninth,  just two points off Valencia in the last Europa League spot.

Its much the same story for Athletic Bilbao,  who sacked Eduardo Berizzo with the Basque giants lying in 18th and looking a sure pick to go down. The appointment of Giazka Garitano has transformed their season with Athletic Club going seven games unbeaten since his appointment and rising to the heights of 11th, three points off seventh.

So what has sparked this revival? The obvious factor is both sides home form. When Eduardo Berizzo was sacked, Real Sociedad and Athletic Club had collected just 13 points from 13 home games. Since then, they’ve collected 14 points in their last six home games combined. Granted, much of that has come from Athletic Bilbao, but Aglaucil is already two points off the home tally of his predecessor having only managed two league home matches so far.

With this predence, a win for either side in this match up will provide more than just derby bragging rights, but also a measuring stick of just how far they’ve come under their new respective managers.