Atletico Madrid vs Real Sociedad Match Preview & Predictions

Atletico Madrid vs Real Sociedad

Atletico Madrid vs Real Sociedad predictions and match preview for Wednesday’s LaLiga match. Read on for the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Diego Simeone’s side aim to take a big step towards the title.

Date Wednesday 12th May 2021
Kick-Off 22:00 (local time)
Stadium Wanda Metropolitano
Competition LaLiga

Atletico Madrid vs Real Sociedad Preview


Atletico Madrid stadium

Perhaps the pick of the midweek games in LaLiga sees leaders Atletico Madrid face the strongest of their remaining opponents as they welcome Real Sociedad to the Wande Metropolitano. Three wins would seal the title for Diego Simeone and his team and victory here would be a simply massive step in that direction.

In the end, nothing changed on what promised to be a decisive weekend in the Spanish title race as the top four drew their matches. That was good news for Atleti who left Camp Nou with a goalless draw and as the only team whose destiny is fully in their own hands.

They face Osasuna and Real Valladolid after this game and while on paper they should fancy their chances of winning all those matches, it is worth noting they’ve not won 3 on the spin in LaLiga since January. In this season of twists and turns, you certainly wouldn’t bet against there being more before the silverware is finally handed out but right now Atleti are certainly in pole position.

Their task here is perhaps aided by the fact that Real Sociedad have now secured European qualification. Betis’ win over Granada on Monday night ensured that but they have work to do to make sure it is the Europa League and not the Conference League which they end up in.

They take pretty good form into this match with 3 wins from their last 4 outings in LaLiga. The most recent was a 2-0 victory over Elche in Donostia on Friday night. Goals from Aritz Elustondo and Mikel Oyarzabal ultimately secured victory after Elche had left them frustrated for more than hour despite the visitors being reduced to 10 men in just the 11th minute.

Head to Head

  • Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 3 Atleti Wins, 2 Real Sociedad Wins, 1 Draw.
  • Atletico Madrid won 2-0 in the reverse fixture in December.
  • They’ve won 5 of their last 6 home games against La Real.
  • The exception was a 1-1 draw on the final day last season when Imanol’s side sealed European qualification late on.

Team News

Thomas Lemar is the only definite absentee for the hosts. Jose Gimenez and Sime Vrsaljko are doubts.

Mikel Merino is sidelined again for La Real who have doubts over Aihen Muñoz and Carlos Fernandez.

Predicted Atleti Starting Lineup:

Oblak – Hermoso, Felipe, Savic, Trippier – Saul, Llorente, Koke, Carrasco – Correa, Suarez (4-4-2)

Predicted Real Sociedad Starting Lineup:

Remiro – Monreal, Le Normand, Zubeldia, Zaldua – Zubimendi, Guevara – Oyarzabal, Silva, Portu – Isak (4-2-3-1)

Atletico Madrid vs Real Sociedad Prediction: 2-1 Atleti

This will be a real test for Atletico Madrid, both in terms of their footballing abilities and their ability to deal with the pressure of a title race which they are favourites for again. Both sides have some key players having regained fitness in recent weeks so it should be a really competitive game but Atleti’s recent home form has been strong despite their struggles on the road, and they look like they may just nick it.

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