The Basque derby, one of the most anticipated matches of the La Liga season, will take place at Anoeta Stadium on Saturday night. The host team is now fifth in the league standings with 12 points after seven games, while Athletic are in fourth with 14 points.
With three victories, three draws, and one defeat in their seven league matches this season, Real Sociedad are in fifth place, two points behind fourth-placed Athletic.
While they started the season with three draws in a row in La Liga, the White and Blues have won three of their past four contests, including their most recent two against Getafe and Valencia.
Imanol Alguacil’s team has only lost once all season, and that was a road game against Real Madrid just after the international break. On September 20, they drew 1-1 with Inter Milan in their opening Champions League group-stage match.
After facing Athletic at home, Real Sociedad will return their focus to Europe the following week as they travel to Austria to take on Red Bull Salzburg in an attempt to win their third consecutive league game.
With a 4-1-1 record (four wins, two draws, and one loss) in their last seven games, Athletic is in fourth place in the league with 14 points.
The Lions have gone undefeated in their previous six games, including victories on the road against Osasuna and Alaves. They lost their season opener at home against Real Madrid.
The side led twice at San Mames but was held to a 2-2 draw by Getafe on Wednesday, giving Ernesto Valverde’s squad confidence heading into this match.
It’s been a team effort to score goals thus far, but 29-year-old Inaki Williams stands out with four goals in seven games played.
The importance of Saturday’s all-Basque match cannot be overstated, since Athletic have not placed in the top four since the 2013-14 season, earning eighth in each of the last two seasons. However, they look well-equipped to sustain a fight for the Champions League positions this term.
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Real Sociedad vs Athletic Game Information
- Date: 09/30/2023
- Time: 03:00 PM ET
- Location: Reale Arena, Donostia-San Sebastián.
- How to Watch: Real Sociedad vs Athletic ESPN+
- Live Stream: fubo.tv