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19/04/2018 Kick Off:  6:30 pm Anoeta V Predicted Score:1 - 2

Away Atlético Madrid

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Match Summary

1 Look out for:

Yellow cards, or more accurately, a lack of them. Real Sociedad have received the least amount of yellows in the league while Atlético have kept themselves fairly clean on the road. The home team are 6/5 for 2-3 yellow cards and its 5/4 for 2-3 Madrid yellow cards.

2 We fancy:

There have been over 2.5 goals in Real Sociedad’s last eight home games and while they have kept three consecutive clean sheets, we expect the goals to continue here. Their visitors will have too much firepower for them and at 4/1, an Atlético Madrid win with both teams to score could be one of the best free football betting tips for this game.

3 It's a long shot, but…

A repeat of Sociedad’s home win against Atlético Madrid in 2016, on that occasion the score was 2-0 and it is 14/1 for that same football score prediction this time. Willian Jose has been responsible for all three of his side’s goals against Atlético in recent seasons. It is 4/1 for him to score and La Real to win or 50/1 for Willian Jose to score and his side to win 2-0.

Team News

Real Sociedad's Last Six:

Won: 3 Drawn: 1 Lost: 2

Geronimo Rulli has a knee problem, but the goalkeeper should be fit enough to start. Inigo Martinez is suspended, so Mikel Gonzalez should replace him at centre-back. Imanol Alguacil is not expected to make any further changes other than that.

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Atlético Madrid's Last Six:

Won: 3 Drawn: 1 Lost: 2

Koke returns from suspension and will go straight back into the team. Stefan Savic is suspended, with Lucas Hernandez replacing him at the back. Jose Gimenez and Nicolas Gaitan continue to struggle with injuries so will miss out.

Real Sociedad vs Atlético Madrid Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann will be a big threat to Real Sociedad as the visitors look to secure a second-placed finish

It has been a positive couple of weeks for Real Sociedad with back-to-back wins, six goals and two clean sheets in the process. The Basque Country outfit currently sit in mid-table but a string of wins would push them towards the top eight. Their home form has been good recently with four wins in six but a visit from the side with the third-best away record in the division will test them.  The form of the home side makes a football prediction tricky for this contest, with a Real Sociedad win at 23/10.

Atléti’s title dreams are over for another campaign but they will want to hold onto second place and finish above city rivals Real Madrid. A slight concern for Diego Simeone’s team going in Thursday’s game is their recent away form. They have failed to win any of their last three on the road, however they were up against Barcelona, Villarreal and Real Madrid in those games.  Despite those results you would not back against an Atlético win in your La Liga predictions, and they are 5/4 favourites.

The team from Madrid have drawn eight of their 32 league games this season and with the home team in reasonably good form, the draw at 23/10 may be worth a punt.

Unsurprisingly it is Griezmann and Diego Costa that are favourites to break the deadlock at 4/1 and 11/2 respectively. The likes of Kevin Gameiro, Fernando Torres and Angel Correa also feature for Atleti at 11/2, 13/2 and 15/2.

Angel Correa is becoming an increasing influence on his side and his performances have been impressive as of late. The Argentine attacker was on the scoresheet last week and will want to make a similar impact this time around. It is 4/1 for Correa to score and Atlético to win, while he is 11/4 to score anytime.

In the list to score the game’s first goal for Real Sociedad are top scorer Willian Jose at 11/2, followed by Imanol Agirretxe at 6/1 and Jon Bautista at 15/2.

Predicted Score: Real Sociedad 1 - 2 Atlético Madrid

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Written by Elio Salerno

Elio Salerno is a Peterborough-based family man, Juventus fanatic, football coach and football obsessive. A serial tweeter, Elio counts Alessandro Del Piero’s World Cup 2006 goal against Germany as his favourite in the sport’s history.