Atletico Madrid booked their place in the Champions League, but they surely want to finish the season in the top three with a win against Real Sociedad on the final day of the domestic season. Our sportsbook is offering a great range of betting markets and props for the top European soccer leagues.
Real Sociedad: Europa League Job Done
Real Madrid has won the big one, with another big one to come. Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla will join them in the Champions League, while Betis and Real Sociedad booked their Europa League Group Stage spots for the next season. Real Sociedad came back from a one-goal deficit last weekend to beat Villarreal 2-1 at La Ceramica and got rid of their only direct opponent in the battle for the second Europa League spot.
With better finishing and a healthy Mikel Oyarzabal, Real Sociedad would have easily made it to the Champions League. Still, sixth in the standings is a great end to their campaign. If Betis loses the final game of the season and Sociedad beats Atletico, they’ll finish a very worthy fifth. It could easily happen because Betis visit Real Madrid, who will probably use their best starting lineup as they are preparing for the Champions League final against Liverpool.
Strangely, Real Sociedad has the worst attack in the top eight with just 39 goals scored in 37 games, but it was their defense that offered them the chance to play in Europe next season. Ander Barrenetxea, Mikel Oyarzabal, Nacho Monreal and Carlos Fernandez remain sidelined. Alexander Isak was back in contention last weekend after the duo served suspensions last time out. He even scored the equalizer against the Yellow Submarine and he is expected to lead the attacking line once again.
It’s risky to back one of the teams given the limited importance of the game so we will not include Real Sociedad in our soccer picks and parlays.
Atletico Madrid: Unbeaten in Last Three
With their usual defensive solidity gone and star forwards failing to fire, Diego Simeone’s side failed to defend their domestic title with Real Madrid claiming the trophy. They did manage to hold on to their Champions League spot, sitting third in the standings with 68 points earned in 37 games.
We’ve seen these bad results trickle in all season, a campaign that never really got going for Los Rojiblancos, but to see all those games added together like this is pretty stunning. There is no shortage of attacking talent in this squad, and the problems seem to run deeper than that. They managed to pick up seven points in their last three games, even beating Real Madrid in the derby to secure a UCL spot.
If they are not the rock-solid squad that won the 2014 La Liga title or reached the 2016 Champions League final, then what are they? The switch in expectations is reflected in their team. While many still wrongly consider Atletico to be a defensive side, they are fully packed with world-class players. They boast numerous attacking stars, from the bigger names like Suarez, Joao Felix and Antoine Griezmann, to Angel Correa, Matheus Cunha, Thomas Lemar and Yannick Carrasco.
They have Sevilla breathing down their neck sitting just one point behind them in fourth, but we don’t believe they will be very interested in securing that third spot. If you’re soccer betting, this is the perfect spot for the draw. Yes, we also have the draw in soccer, and the odds on it are usually very good.
Real Sociedad vs Atletico Madrid Head-to-Head
This is the third game of the season between the two sides. They shared the spoils in the reverse fixture with both sides scoring twice each. Real Sociedad managed to knock out Atletico Madrid from the Copa del Rey, beating them 2-0 back in January. At home, Sociedad won four of their last six mutual encounters against Atletico Madrid across all competitions. Actually, they possess a good record in front of their fans this season, winning 10 of their 18 fixtures and conceding just seven goals in the process. On the other side, Atletico Madrid has won just eight of their 18 road games while conceding 26 goals. Strangely, the visitors have the worst defensive record in the top eight with 42 goals allowed this term.
Real Sociedad vs Atletico Madrid Predictions
- Game: Real Sociedad (17-11-9) vs Atletico Madrid (20-8-9)
- Location: Reale Arena (San Sebastian)
- Day/Time: Sunday, 3 p.m. ET
- Real Sociedad vs Atletico Madrid Streaming: fubo.tv
Real Sociedad vs Atletico Madrid Betting Lines
Real Sociedad vs Atletico Madrid Predictions
There’s no clear favorite in this clash with Atletico Madrid being priced at +165 on the three-way moneyline according to the latest soccer odds while Real Sociedad is priced at +175. The goal line is set at 2½.
There’s no way we are backing one of the teams to win this clash as they have nothing to play for. This is the best situation in which the draw has the best value. It’s even difficult to predict how many games we will enjoy because the two managers will probably rotate their squad and give all their players some minutes on the pitch.