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Real Sociedad vs Atletico Madrid Prediction & Match Preview

Real Sociedad vs Atletico Madrid
Spain – La Liga
Date: Tuesday, 22 December 2020
Kick-off at 18:45 UK/ 19:45 CET
Venue: Reale Seguros Stadium.

Real Sociedad’s stunningly fast start has slowly collapsed and, despite flickers of an improvement in recent weeks, they fell to another defeat last weekend going down 2-1 at Levante.

They continue to be without key players David Silva and Mikel Oyarzabal and their absence is really showing as La Real have not won in eight games in all competitions.

Atletico Madrid, on the other hand, have continued to pick up results despite a dip in performance but a crucial 2-0 defeat to Real means they are more worried than they should’ve been.

A 3-1 win against Elche which flattered Atleti was welcome as both Luis Suarez and Diego Costa got on the scoresheet. An Atletico win at Anoeta this week will be a huge statement by Simeone and his men.

However, whilst that is in doubt, under 2.5 goals shouldn’t be in doubt as both sides come into this game in a tense mood.

Real Sociedad vs Atletico Madrid: Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Real Sociedad Atletico Madrid played so far 33 matches.
Real Sociedad won 12 direct matches. Atletico Madrid won 17 matches. 4 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.58 goals per Match.

Real Sociedad vs Atletico Madrid: Prediction

Real Sociedad in actual season average scored 1.40 goals per match. In 8 (66.67%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 4 (33.33%) matches in season 2020 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Atletico Madrid average scored 1.90 goals per match in season 2020. In 7 (77.78%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 3 (33.33%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Sociedad's injury list is fairly substantial at the moment, with Adnan Januzaj, David Silva, Aritz Elustondo, Mikel Oyarzabal, Jon Guridi, Asier Illarramendi, Miguel Moya and Luca Sangalli all missing against Levante.

David Silva has a chance of featuring against Atletico, but it is expected to be largely the same squad from Saturday's defeat, meaning that head coach Alguacil does not have many options for change.

That said, Robin Le Normand, Nacho Monreal and Willian Jose could all come into the XI, but Martin Merquelanz should keep his spot in the final third of the field due to the club's injury situation.

Atletico will again be without the services of Hector Herrera through injury, while Jose Gimenez remains a doubt with a thigh problem, and there is also a concern over Joao Felix.

Costa made his return from injury against Elche on Saturday, but the Spain international is expected to be on the bench once again, with Angel Correa expected to replace Felix if the attacker is unable to recover from a rib problem in time for the contest.

Simeone is expected to shuffle his pack from the side that started against Elche, with Saul Niguez and Felipe in line for starts, meaning that Renan Lodi and Thomas Lemar could drop out of the XI.

Real Sociedad possible starting lineup:
Remiro; Gorosabel, Zubeldia, Le Normand, Monreal; Merino, Guevara, D Silva; Portu, Willian Jose, Merquelanz

Atletico Madrid possible starting lineup:
Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Felipe, Hermoso; Llorente, Koke, Saul, Carrasco; Suarez, Correa


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