Atletico Madrid v Real Sociedad Preview

January 31, 2014 | By

Southampton v Chelsea PreviewPrimera La Liga action Sunday Evening comes from the Estadio Vicente Calderón featuring Atletico Madrid versus Real Sociedad.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on Sky Sports 2 High Definition, with a scheduled 18:00pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Atletico Madrid v Real Sociedad Preview, Primera La Liga, Sunday 2nd February 2014

Atletico Madrid are looking as a major contender for the Primera La Liga title having had a very productive season so far which currently has them joint top of the league table on 54pts along with Barcelona and will want to carry on their excellent run with another 3pts against 6th placed Real Sociedad on sunday evening.

Real Sociedad are also having a very good season by their standards and are looking good to qualify for a place in Europe next season if they can continue to put in the kind of performances seen over the last couple of months. However this will be an extremely tough game come sunday evening against Atletico Madrid and it will be interesting to see how they respond as their last game against a side above them ended in a heavy 5-1 defeat when away against Villarreal back on the 13th January.

Atletico Madrid v Real Sociedad Team News

Atletico Madrid Team News:

The hosts have no reported injuries or suspensions for this game, so expect Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone to play a similar lineup to the one that defeated Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey last time out which will see Diego Costa leading the attack up front with rumours of his move to Chelsea seemingly unlikely to happen.

Real Sociedad Team News:

The visitors have almost a full squad for this game with their only casualty being midfielder Esteban Granero who is still out recovering from cruciate ligament damage. Real Sociedad manager Jagoba Arrasate looks unlikely to change the side that were comfortable 4-0 winners against Elche last monday.

Atletico Madrid v Real Sociedad Head to Head Statistics

Sunday evening’s game from the Estadio Vicente Calderón will become the 32nd meeting between the two clubs over the years of which Atletico Madrid have won 11 times (7 at the Estadio Vicente Calderón), Real Sociedad have won 13 times (3 at the Estadio de Mestalla), and there has been 7 draws (5 at the Estadio Vicente Calderón).

The previous 5 meetings between the two clubs as shown in our head to head statistics table below show Atletico Madrid with a clear advantage having won 3 times with Real Sociedad having won 1 time and the remaining game having finished in a draw.

01/09/13 PRD Real Sociedad – Atletico Madrid 1 : 2
10/03/13 PRD Atletico Madrid – Real Sociedad
0 : 1
21/10/12 PRD Real Sociedad – Atletico Madrid 0 : 1
02/05/12 PRD Atletico Madrid – Real Sociedad
1 : 1
21/01/12 PRD Real Sociedad – Atletico Madrid 0 : 4

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

91 goals have been scored in the previous 31 meetings between the two clubs which provides us with an average overall goals per game statistic of 2.94 and with 43 goals scored from the previous 15 games played at the Estadio Vicente Calderón, we are provided with an average goals per game stastic of 2.86 which suggests that we are likely to see at least a couple of goals scored in this game on sunday evening.

Atletico Madrid v Real Sociedad Recent Form (Left to Right)

Atletico Madrid: W D W W W

Real Sociedad: L W D W W

Atletico Madrid have a slight advantage on the recent form statistics having managed to win 4 and draw 1 of their previous 5 games played. Real Sociedad have managed 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat from their previous 5 matches played.

Atletico Madrid v Real Sociedad Match Betting Odds Market.

Atletico Madrid are playing some of their best football for many years so no real shock to see the online bookmakers offering up a best price of just 1/3 with Betfred (£25 Free Bets for New Customers) to win this game, which for me does no represent any value here as Real Sociedad do have a better overall record than their hosts.

The Draw has only happened once during the previous five meetings between the two clubs, but does look worth getting on as your main cover bet at a current best price of 9/2 with Stan James (£10 Free Bets for New Customers) as five of the seven draws between the two clubs have came at the Estadio Vicente Calderón and both sides are in excellent form at the moment.

Real Sociedad were completely destroyed when last taking on a club above them in the league table when losing 5-1 away against Villarreal during mid January, but they do head into this game with a very comfortable 4-0 victory over Elche last monday and the players and fans will be hopeful of getting at least something from this game on sunday evening and do look a bit over priced at odds of 10/1 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers).

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Atletico Madrid v Real Sociedad Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

A lot of people will no doubt expect Atletico Madrid to win this game and based on what both clubs have done this season the hosts do look the more likely winners, but with their odds extremely low indeed there is no value to be had in backing them, especially when I believe Real Sociedad will give them a very tough game.

Real Sociedad will be happy to return home with a point from this game as that would still keep them nicely clear of 7th placed Sevilla who are right behind them in the hunt for a European place next season and I would expect Real Sociedad manager Jagoba Arrasate to instruct his players to defend deep and in large numbers on sunday evening.

The average goals per game statistics are suggesting this match to see at least a couple of goals and both sides are easily capable of scoring during this one, so Both Teams to Score YES already stands out as a major play here, but I am going to risk taking Real Sociedad on the Asian Handicap here as I really do think that they will keep this very tight indeed and if they do lose it will only be by the one goal.

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