Athletic Bilbao vs Real Sociedad for the Spanish La Liga championship match on Friday at San Mamés Stadium.
The Athletic Bilbao team, who is going to play this match of matchday 3 of La Liga in their stronghold, enters this new round of the competition having a season start that is globally positive in my view.
With the team adding 4 points in the two matches already disputed, adding a remarkable and successful triumph over the current champion Barcelona 1-0 on Matchday 1, and drawing in a usually difficult ground like Getafe (1-1).
In what may be an exciting time of the Basques, which significantly improved with the entry of Garitano, who replaced Eduardo Berrizzo and has been in charge for a few months now.
As for the Real Sociedad team that arrives at this new La Liga clash also bringing a good record so far in the competition by adding the same 4 points as their opponent in this round.
After 1 draw at matchday 1 in Valencia (1-1) and winning the last match on Majorca’s ground by 1-0, which puts the team with a start of the season that can boost good things in this new sportive year.
In a match that is undoubtedly one of the most exciting games of this 3rd round of football in Spain, in a derby between two teams from the Basque Country.
We will have to bear in mind that it’s a match between two rivals and so having a lot of emotions in the mix, a lot can happen, be sure that we will have here a game probably scorching and also well played, with two particularly motivated teams.
Said this, and given the fortress that the San Mamés Stadium tends to be (where even Athletic have already beaten champions Barcelona this season) and evolution that the team has been achieving with the new coach since mid-last season, Garitano, I think it is more likely that if there is a victory in this game, it will be in favour of the home team.