NAME: Real Sociedad – Atlético Madrid
DATE: September 14, 2019
TIME: 16:30 UTC
VENUE: Anoeta, San Sebastian , Spain
Real Sociedad were going through a bad phase before the International break. After sharing points with Valencia in the opening fixture, they got all three points against RCD Mallorca, with a lone goal by Martin Odegaard. However, in the Basque Derby, they were beaten 2-0 by Athletic Bilbao. After three matches, Real Sociedad are on the 13th position in the League table with just 4 points.
One of the leagues which would garner a lot of attention is the Spanish LaLiga, with the clash between Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid being a major attraction. The match pits the form team of the league in Atletico Madrid against a Real Sociedad side that have been indifferent, and Diego Simeone’s men would be going all out in a bid to get all three points.
Los Rojiblancos had a very productive transfer market, and they have begun to reap the dividends already. They currently occupy top spot on the standings and are the only side in LaLiga yet to drop points, having picked up three wins from three matches.
Real Sociedad on the other hand began their campaign with two impressive away results, first drawing 1-1 with Valencia and following that up with a 1-0 win over Mallorca. However, a 2-0 defeat to Athletic Bilbao at San Mames halted their momentum heading into the international break.
The clash with Atletico Madrid would see Real Sociedad host the table toppers in their first home game of the season, while also representing an excellent opportunity for the Basque as Erreala to build on their current 13th place position on the log.
Real Sociedad Team News
As it was already said, Real Sociedad is an okay host. They are a good team as a home side, and with their newest signing Martin Odegaard, they hope that things can continue. He scored his first La Liga goal last time, with his first La Liga shot on target. Their defense is looking good as of now, but their first real threat will be here, with Atl Madrid being one of the best away teams in La Liga. They have some injured players. Rodrigues, Sagnan, and Muguruza will not suit up for this game. We see a small number of goals on their home games, with the last 4 consecutive matches producing under 2.5.
Current Real Sociedad squad is:
Forwards: Willian José, Portu, Alexander Isak, Roberto López, Ander Barrenetxea
Midfilders: David Zurutuza, Asier Illarramendi, Rubén Pardo, Adnan Januzaj, Martin Ødegaard, Mikel Merino, Mikel Oyarzabal, Igor Zubeldia, Ander Guevara, Luca Sangalli, Näis Djouahra
Defenders: Nacho Monreal, Diego Llorente, Joseba Zaldúa, Aritz Elustondo, Robin Le Normand, Andoni Gorosabel, Modibo Sagnan, Aihen Muñoz
Goalkeepers: Miguel Ángel Moyà, Álex Remiro, Andoni Zubiaurre
Predicted line-up (4-3-3):
Moya; Zaldua, Igor Zubeldia, Diego Llorente, Nacho Monreal; Odegaard, Zurutuza, Mikel Merino; Januzaj, Willian Jose, Mikel Oyarzabal
Atletico Madrid Team News
Their best move this offseason was finishing a transfer of Joao Felix from Benfica. He is playing fantastically and he can really make a difference in a few minutes. So if we look at the way he is playing now, that 126 million Euros transfer fee could look like a good investment. As it was already said, they are in a great form, looking to continue their run and battle for the trophy as always.
urrent Atlético Madrid squad is:
Forwards: Diego Costa, Álvaro Morata, Ivan Šaponjić, João Félix
Midfilders: Koke, Saúl Ñíguez, Vitolo, Thomas Lemar, Héctor Herrera, Thomas Partey, Ángel Correa, Marcos Llorente
Defenders: Kieran Trippier, Šime Vrsaljko, Stefan Savić, Santiago Arias, Felipe, José Giménez, Mario Hermoso, Renan Lodi
Goalkeepers: Antonio Adán, Jan Oblak
Predicted line-up (4-4-2):
Oblak; Trippier, Gimenez, Hermoso, Renan Lodi; Lemar, Llorente, Koke, Saul; Diego Costa, Joao Felix
Atletico Madrid have enjoyed plenty of success against Real Sociedad, winning six and losing just two of the last eight fixtures between the two sides in LaLiga.
However, it is pertinent to note that both of these reversals came away, so Real Sociedad can be hopeful of pulling off another victory and hand Diego Simeone his first defeat this season.