Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid face each other in San Sebastian in what is expected to be one of the most exciting games of Sunday’s program. La Real did well to beat Villarreal 2-1 at the weekend, with the team clinching their spot in the Europa League. The Basques have little to play for against Atletico Madrid, but their pride will be at stake.
All Mikel Oyarzabal, Carlos Fernandez, and Ander Barrenetxea are sidelined with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the home team. Los Rojiblancos, on the other hand, clinched their spot in the Champions League thanks to a 1-1 draw with Sevilla. Since both Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid should be happy with one point from Sunday’s clash, we are tempted to put our money on draw. All Renan Lodi, Sime Vrsaljko, and Thomas Lemar are likely to miss the game with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Mikel Oyarzabal):
Intelligence is not an attribute you will find in Mikel Oyarzabal’s stats with Real Sociedad but this tricky winger is a highly knowledgeable winger who will use both brain and feet while playing. For a player born in Eibar, who made his first steps in his hometown club, it was always going to be a choice between Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad for Oyarzabal.
La Real saw their chance and grabbed this gem of a player at a young age, helping him develop into a proper professional throughout their youth ranks. Mikel Oyarzabal has spent the entirety of his senior career with the Basque behemoths where he’d use his ability to fill in a number of positions up top much to his own benefit.
Oyarzabal’s positioning and movement are work of a tactical genius, whereas it is his nous to find details to exploit that best define him as a player. Having come through the youth categories of the Spanish national team, Oyarzabal also has a senior cap next to his name. It was in 2016 that he also represented the Basque region, scoring on his debut to cap a 3-1 win over Tunisia.
Highlighted Team (Atletico Madrid):
Atletico Madrid are a Spanish team that plays in Primera Division (La Liga). Los Rojiblancos or los Colchoneros play their home matches at Estadio Vicente Calderon, which holds up to 54,960 spectators. Atletico Madrid have won 10 La Liga titles, but they have yet to lift the European Cup (Champions League) trophy.
Los Rojiblancos have won 10 Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup) trophies and it has to be noted that they defeated their bitter local rivals Real Madrid in the 2012/2013 Spanish Cup final. The rivalry between the two capital clubs is pretty big and El Madrileno is regarded as one of the most exciting derbies in the world football.
Atletico Madrid played two Champions League finals under Diego Simeone, but they failed to beat Real Madrid in the title games (2013/2014 and 2015/2016). However, the Argentine tactician helped Atletico Madrid win the La Liga trophy in 2014 and, no doubt, he is one of the most successful coaches in the history of the capital club.