Real Sociedad vs. Atletico Madrid 9/14/19 LaLiga Soccer Pick, Odds and Prediction
Atletico Madrid at Real Sociedad
Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 11:30 AM (Anoeta)
Real Sociedad +300, Atletico Madrid +105, Over 2.5 (+150), Under 2.5 (-188) Click Here for the Latest Odds
Real Sociedad is hosting Atletico Madrid in round 4 of Spanish LaLiga.
Real Sociedad is a team with so much potential but is constantly struggling to keep their net clean dating back to last season. This match will be Real Sociedad's first home match this season where they will be eager to prove to their fans that they belong in the top half of the standings. In their last game against Athletic Bilbao, Sociedad had 61% of ball possession, but only 2 shots on goal, 0 corner kicks, and 81% of correct passes and has lost 2-0. One draw, one win, and one loss is Sociedad's score this season and unless coach Imanol doesn't change something, his team might be up for a disaster. Odegard and Oyarzabal have each score 1 goal while Portu has 1 assist. Modibo is the only injured player in Sociedad's squad and will not play in this match. Real Sociedad is playing tough and hard soccer and is not producing a lot of chances which makes them hard to play against. With players like Jose, Oyarzabal, Zubeldia, Odegaard, and Januzaj, Sociedad has the potential to be in the top 6 in LaLiga, but they are unable to get their game to the next level for a few years now.
Atletico Madrid has been slowly building their team and promoting themselves into the main favorite for LaLiga title. Atletico has used the slow starts from Barcelona and Real Madrid and with three wins at the start of the season, Atletico is at the top of LaLiga with 9 points, 5 score goals, and only 2 conceded goals. In their last match against Eibar, Atletico was solid with 56% of ball possession, 3 shots on goal, and 78% of correct passes. Atletico started that game in the worst way possible and was losing 0-2 in 20th minute, but was able to turn it around and with the late goal by Partey, Atletico has won 3-2. Vitolo is the leading goal scorer with 2 goals. Vrsaljko, Morata, and Correa are all injured and are not expected to be in the lineup. Diego Simeone is one of the best coaches in the world who likes to play defensive and compact soccer and Atletico Madrid is the best at this. There are not rush passes in Atletico's game, instead, they control the ball in the midfield and wait for perfect opportunity to move forward through the wings or the middle. A lot of soccer journalists are saying that Atletico Madrid is the top favorite to win LaLiga this season because of Simeone and his coaching style, but I don't agree with that at all. The team that scored only 55 goals last season when they had stronger offense will not be able to compete with Barcelona and Real Madrid simply because they are putting all of the faith and pressure on their defense to keep them alive in the season that has 38 games.
Both Sociedad and Atletico are playing similar soccer with tough defense and compact midfield with a lot of fouls and roughness. I don't expect a lot of goals here and because Atletico is playing in much better form I'm giving them the edge despite playing away from home.