Real Sociedad v Atletico Madrid tips – Atleti can bounce back

Atletico Madrid had not tasted defeat in La Liga until Saturday’s derby clash against Real Madrid when Diego Simeone’s side suffered a 2-0 defeat at the Bernabeu Stadium and that effectively doubled the number of goals that the visitors had conceded this season.

A Casemiro opener and a Jan Oblak own goal saw Atletico drift on the La Liga outright betting market although Simeone will still be confident of challenging hard for the title and this clash at the Anoeta Stadium will be a good test of whether Atleti can stay ahead of the pack this season.

Why Atletico Madrid Are Favourites to Win

Before losing 2-0 to Real Madrid, there were eight wins and two draws in the ten games played by Atleti, with Simeone potentially setting his team up to be more attacking in this clash and you can get 11/8 about a victory for a side who have passed the majority of their tests with flying colours this season.

You can expect Simeone to rest the majority of first-team players for a midweek Copa del Rey clash against Cardassar, with the manager having made three half-time changes at the Berbabeu and it was noticeable that the lively Joao Felix was withdrawn on the hour mark.

We might also expect Atletico to defend stoutly and the visitors had only conceded one goal in the four away games played before the derby, so it could be hard for Real Sociedad to find a breakthrough.

Can Sociedad Keep Challenging for La Liga Title?

Nobody would have expected to see Real Sociedad continue to challenge at the top of La Liga after thirteen games played and Imanol Alguacil deserves tremendous credit for his great work with this club considering that they’re looking to build on sixth spot in the division last term.

Like Atletico, the home side have only tasted defeat on one occasion in La Liga this season and they have won three times, drawn three times and experienced one loss at their own stadium, although there have been a string of recent draws which has stunted the early season momentum.

Indeed, it has been six consecutive draws in all competitions for Alguacil’s side although three of those games were in the Europa League, while La Liga clashes against Villarreal, Alaves and Eibar have allowed the chasing teams to catch up with them.

Real Sociedad are struggling to score goals at the moment and couldn’t build on Ander Barrenetxea’s early strike and they might have to work hard to earn anything from this clash.

What Are the Best Bets for Real Sociedad v Atletico Madrid?

We think Atletico Madrid have the class to win this game and they also now don’t have the distraction of having to play Champions League matches which means they can focus on domestic matters, with Simeone’s side looking like a big price to claim a victory over a team whose league position doesn’t reflect their struggling form.

Atleti are also capable of running a tight ship against opponents who are not finding the net too easily, with the visitors available at 11/4 to win the game without reply and Jan Oblak could be hard to beat.

We’re not expecting a huge number of goals in this La Liga clash and Under 2.5 Goals is trading at 8/13, while we can also take a few chances on the Correct Score market and the 1-0 win for Diego Simeone’s side looks to be a big runner at 6/1.

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