Real Sociedad will be welcoming Athletic Bilbao to the Anoeta in what shall be an intriguing contest in La Liga. Sociedad is currently 8th in the league with 34 points, meanwhile, Athletic Bilbao is just a spot below them at 9th with 31 points. In terms of recent form, Real Sociedad has won two and lost three from their last five games, whereas, Athletic Bilbao is fresh from a defeat versus Getafe after drawing four games on the bounce in the league.
Date- Sunday, February 9
Kick-Off- 6:30 PM (IST)
Diego Llorente is expected to be back in mid-February, which means that Robin Le Normand should continue at centre-back. Alexander Isak should retain his spot in place of Willian Jose after impressive performances lately. Portu is one booking away from suspension and will be wary of it in the upcoming fixture.
Inigo Martinez is undergoing suspension, which provides Yeray with the chance to partner along with Unai Nunez at centre-back. Asier Vilalibre is expected to lead the attack, while Artiz Aduriz could come off the bench in the latter stages. Oscar De Marcos is the only player who remains on the sidelines due to an injury for the away side.
Real Sociedad- Remiro; Monreal, Normand, Elustondo, Zaldua; Merino, Zubeldia, Odegaard; Oyarzabal, Isak, Portu
Athletic Bilbao- Simon; Capa, Alvarez, Nunez, Yuri; Garcia, Lopez; Willams, Garcia, Muniain; Vilalibre
Martin Odegaard has been one of the standouts for Real Sociedad and has four goals, five assists and a pass accuracy of 84% from 1743 minutes in the league.
Raul Garcia could be vital in the advanced role for Athletic Bilbao. Garcia has six goals, one assist and a pass accuracy of 57% from 21 appearances.
Mike Oyarzabal is one of the central figures with seven goals, four assists and a pass accuracy of 75% from 1792 minutes in the league this season.
Iker Muniain can be pivotal in the advanced role. Muniain has four goals and an assist from 21 appearances this season for Atheltic Bilbao.
Goalkeeper- A Remiro
Defenders- U Nunez, Y Alvarez, R L Normand, N Moreal
Midfielders- M S Jose, I Muniain, M Oyarzabal
Forwards- R Garcia (VC), I Williams, M Odegaard (C)
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