Real Sociedad - Athletic Bilbao Betting Preview: Back the visitors to the win at least a half

Goal's Spanish expert, Phil Kitromilides, argues that the price of evens for the in-form away side to come out on top in one or more period represents good value
The Basque derby is always a special affair yet Sunday night's meeting sees much more than local pride at stake.

Indeed, it is highly probable that these two fierce rivals will be fighting it out for a Champions League spot come the end of the season, meaning that a victory for either side would be a massive boost in their quest
for a place amongst the continent's elite.

William Hill price a home win for Real Sociedad at 5/4 (2.25) while Athletic Bilbao are offered at 21/10 (3.10) and the draw available at 12/5 (3.40).

Currently it is Athletic who hold fourth spot, a place and four points above their neighbours, La Real. Yet the Bilbao side's success this season has centred on their stunning home form, which has seen them remain unbeaten.

On the road, they have been less successful although still generally solid, while Real Sociedad have
dramatically improved after a sluggish start.

There should be goals in this one, although both teams to score is offered at the unappealing price of 6/10 (1.60) while over 2.5 goals is slightly more attractive at 7/10 (1.70).

Instead, backing Athletic to win a half at evens (2.00) looks like being an excellent option. This bet has paid out 12 times in the league so far for Ernesto Valverde's men and, while La Real have started to play some nice stuff, they are still consistently conceding.

It should be an exciting, open game and Athletic have more than enough about them to win at least one of the halves against their eternal enemies.

Athletic Bilbao to win one half at evens (2.00) for a 2.5pt stake with William Hill

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