Real Sociedad and Athletic de Bilbao star in the basque derby this vigesimonovena journey of LaLiga Santander. The match is played today because both teams played last Saturday the final of the Copa del Rey from 2019/2020 season that they had not been able to dispute for the coronavirus pandemic.
The txuri urdín team made history by winning in the La Cartuja stadium (Seville) by 0-1, thanks to a bit of Mikel Oyarzábal penalty in the second half. Iñigo Martinez arrived late to a ball near the Bilbao area and knocked down Port, which meant that the referee did not hesitate and marked the eleven meters, where the Donostiarra captain did not hesitate and beat Unai Simon.
The title supposes the second Copa del Rey of the Royal Society throughout its history, since its other conquest dates from 1987, when it beat to Atlético de Madrid in the penalties (The match ended with a two-goal tie). Now, both teams have to return to their league “reality”, where they have goals ahead, especially those from San Sebastian in their fight to reach European competition for the next season.
With Villarreal’s victory of the weekend in the field of Granada (0-3 with hat-trick of Gerard Moreno), the Real wants to win his great rival again, in this case in Anoeta. Surely, due to both physical and emotional wear and tear, both coaches choose to do rotations and give oxygen to the legs of their players.
Imanol Sheriff arrives reinforced after the conquest of Real Sociedad in the Copa del Rey, but with the need to add the three points since in LaLiga have conceded two consecutive defeats (1-0 with Granada and a painful win 1-6 against FC Barcelona). The real sum 45 points and needs to win, while the Athletic in the league he is in the middle of the table, but with the cup final of this season on the horizon.
The team of Marcelino Garcia Toral He does not have time to lick his wounds, since in addition to having to make the corridor to his great rival, they have a derby ahead and another final of the Copa del Rey in just ten days. The Athletic currently occupies the ninth position of the classification with 35 points, so his permanence is virtually guaranteed, but at the same time he has very far the European positions, which he can get if he defeats the Barça on the final of the Copa del Rey 2020/2021.
The Royal Society has won the two duels they have played this season, the final of last season postponed last Saturday and the league game played in San Mamés in the first round, both 0-1. The Athletic Bilbao he will have to improve his performance on the offensive plane, since he has not yet managed to beat Remiro.
When do you play Real Sociedad – Athletic de Bilbao?
The game is played today, Wednesday, April 7, at 21.00 hours
Where to watch Real Sociedad – Athletic de Bilbao?
The encounter can be seen open on GOL TV. You can follow all the information about the match live through the Mundo Deportivo website.