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Primera División

  • April 23, 2011
  • • 21:00
  • • Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao
  • Referee: David Fernandez Borbalan
  • • Attendance: 40000

La Liga preview: Athletic Bilbao - Real Sociedad

La Liga preview: Athletic Bilbao - Real Sociedad

The second leg of the Basque derby takes place as the two sides look to win for different reasons

Athletic Bilbao: Iraizoz; Iraola, San Jose, Ekiza, Castillo; Lopez, Martinez, Orbaiz, Gabilondo; Llorente, Toquero

Athletic Bilbao

Real Sociedad: 

Bravo;Martínez, Estrada, González, Ansotegi; Xabi Prieto, Rivas, Aranburu, Zurutuza, Griezmann; Tamudo

Real Sociedad

  • Athletic Bilbao have scored the highest number of headed goals (17) in La Liga this season thanks to their towering striker Fernando Llorente.
  • Los Leones have negotiated all of their "toughest" fixtures and none of their remaining matches is with a club currently in top seven in the table.
  • Caparros’ side have lost two straight games at home; their poorest phase of the campaign at home.
  • Out of the last nine league goals from Athletic, only one has come in the first half.
  • The match is a good bet to come alive in the last 20 minutes as both the sides have scored around 35% of their goals each in this time.
  • Real Sociedad finally broke their string of bad results last matchday when they ended a run of four straight defeats.
  • The “Txurri Urdin’s” last win at San Mames came in the about a decade ago. During this period they have collected just one point out of possible 18.
  • A heartening statistic for their rivals would be that "La Real" have conceded 17 goals in last 15 minutes: a tendency that may complement Athletic's late scoring nature.
  • Lasarte's men have won just one game in last two months and they are just 5 points away from the drop zone.


December 5, 2010: Real Sociedad 2-0 Athletic Bilbao

The last time both the sides met, one player decided the outcome of the match: Mikel San Jose; though not quite in the way he would have liked. It was his handball that led to a penalty from which Sociedad midfielder Xabi Prieto had scored.

He also very nearly gave away a penalty before scoring an own goal to extinguish any hopes of a comeback from Bilbao. Overall it was a memorable night for Sociedad and a frustrating one for Athletic who failed to score despite having good chances of their own.


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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
13Raúl Fernández MateosGoalkeeper
6Mikel San José DomínguezDefender
23Borja EkizaDefender
15Andoni IraolaDefender
8Javi MartínezMidfielder
-David LópezMidfielder
14Fernando LlorenteStriker
18Carlos GurpeguiMidfielder
11Igor GabilondoMidfielder
33Urko VeraStriker
10Óscar De MarcosMidfielder
1Claudio BravoGoalkeeper
22Dani EstradaMidfielder
15Ion GorostolaDefender
11Vadim DemidovDefender
2Carlos Martínez DíezDefender
10Xabi PrietoMidfielder
11Mikel Aranburu EizagirreMidfielder
19Diego RivasMidfielder
17Zurutuza Midfielder
27Antoine GriezmannStriker
21Diego IfránStriker
3Mikel González MartínezDefender
20Raúl TamudoStriker
5Markel BergaraMidfielder
4Gorka Gorka Elustondo UrkiolaMidfielder
-Mikel LabakaDefender
Players to Watch
Fernando Llorente
Fernando Llorente
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 14
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The 6ft 5in striker has scored just once in last five games for "Los leones". A good performance from him is overdue and this seems to be the ideal match for him to win some valuable points and Basque hearts at San Mames. 
Expect Llorente to be a handful for Sociedad defence
Antoine Griezmann
Antoine Griezmann
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 27
Games Goals YC RC
0 0 0 0
The pacy winger scored a brace in his last match and he would want to continue his fine nick so that he can ply his trade once more in the top flight. This is match where Bilbao will definitely score atleast once. It is his duty to see that his team outscores the "other" side from Basque land.
This is a Basque derby match and thus a certain fieriness can be expected. With the stakes extremely high for both the sides, no one will want to settle for a draw. However, even though Sociedad won the last game it had a certain tinge of fortune to it. 
The simmering cauldron of San Mames, Llorente's physicality and previous history of success against "La Real" should ensure a Bilbao victory.
Editor's Prediction
Bilbao 2

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