Competition: La Liga
Market: Both teams to score
Odds: 21/20 @ 888sport
In a contest that famously sees chances at both ends, a struggling Real Sociedad will make the trip to the San Mamés Barria when they face off against Athletic Bilbao on Thursday afternoon.
Starting with the hosts, while Athletic Bilbao might have put in a spirited display away at a high-flying Villarreal prior to Spain’s festive break, Gaizka Garitano’s men eventually had to settle for a late point on the road. Losing their spot in the top-half of the La Liga table and a side who are desperately seeking some stability, the Basque outfit have managed to win just one of their last six top-flight contests on the bounce. With it appearing that their 2-0 win against early-season relegation scrappers Huesca might have just been a minor bounce, Bilbao will undoubtedly be glad to make a return to home soil on Thursday afternoon. Including a shock 2-1 victory against Sevilla earlier in the year, the one-time Valladolid boss has seen his side pick up 12 points from just their last five La Liga fixtures at the San Mamés Barria.
As for the visitors, while Real Sociedad might have really burst onto the scene when opening the 2020/2021 campaign, they have certainly came crashing back down to earth in a worrying fashion. Last seen heading into the festive break when getting hit with a deserved 2-0 loss at home against a high-flying Atletico Madrid, Head Coach Imanol Alguacil has seen his side lose their spot at the top of the table. Now in the midst of what has been their worst run of the season so far, Sociedad have lost each of their last three La Liga contests on the spin, a run highlighted by a shock 2-1 defeat away at Levante. In fact, Thursday’s guests have remarkably failed to win any of their last eight straight matchups across all formats, a run that stems all the way back to November 22nd. With three of the last four meetings between Bilbao and Sociedad seeing both teams find the net, we’re backing a similar outcome in midweek.
Bet: Both teams to score at Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad 21/20 for Thursday’s La Liga showdown @ 888sport
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