Real Sociedad vs Atletico Madrid predictions and match preview for Sunday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Diego Simeone’s side head to Donostia.
|Sunday 22nd May 2022
|22:00 (local time)
Real Sociedad vs Atletico Madrid Preview
Real Sociedad and Atletico Madrid meet in what could have potentially been a hugely decisive final day showdown in the race for Champions League football. However, Atleti have picked up enough points to secure themselves a top four finish now and they’ll be mighty relieved they don’t come here needing a result.
Any disappointment about La Real’s failure to kick on and really push for the Champions League was eased by an excellent 2-1 win at Villarreal last weekend which clinched Europa League qualification. That was a high pressure game against a direct rival so you have to give Imanol and his team plenty of credit for how they handled it and how they responded to going behind with Alexander Isak and Martin Zubimendi sealing a comeback triumph.
Real Sociedad are a curious team to figure out and it’s hard to know quite how to sum up their season. On one hand, this is a club that is experiencing a real golden era with a third straight top six finish for the first time since the early 1980’s when they won back-to-back titles. However they certainly haven’t been quite as exciting this term and their return of just 39 goals from 37 games is poor relative to the attacking quality they have at their disposal.
For Atletico Madrid it is more clear cut in that this has largely been a season to forget and one of the worst title defences we’ve seen from any team in LaLiga in recent years. They are 17 points off Real Madrid in LaLiga and haven’t made a serious impact in the cups either so it’s clear that more will be expected next season at the Wanda Metropolitano.
They need a win here to be sure of 3rd place but much of the focus will already be turning towards summer plans. It’s looking likely Antoine Griezmann is going to stay put but they may seek to move some players on and raise some funds for reinvestment. A new right-back is likely to be a priority and overall it feels like a squad that could do with freshening up a bit with perhaps a few younger players coming in.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 2 Real Sociedad Wins, 2 Atletico Madrid Wins, 2 Draws.
- Real Sociedad have won 4 of their last 6 home games against Atletico Madrid.
- La Real were 2-0 winners when the sides met here in the Copa del Rey earlier this term.
- The reverse league fixture ended 2-2 in Madrid.
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Real Sociedad vs Atletico Madrid Predictions
Score Prediction: Real Sociedad 1-0 Atletico Madrid
Atleti have already lost on this ground in 2022 and have lost 10 away games this season in all competitions, including 3 of their last 4. They have the feel of a team that is keen to get this campaign over with and La Real may have the edge here as a result.
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