Atlético Madrid will wrap up third place with a single point versus Real Sociedad on Sunday night — a game worth eight million euros.
Atlético have taken 24 of a possible 30 points since LaLiga’s resumption last month, and now sit a whopping 14 points clear of La Real. Getting the desired result at A Stadium Called Wanda will allow the club to collect more prize money from LaLiga, while the visitors are closing in on Europa League qualification and may get there even without a victory.
João Félix is training fully and could feature alongside Marcos Llorente — who requested a substitution in Thursday’s win at Getafe. Saúl and Mario Hermoso are suspended, but everyone else should be available for selection (save the long-injured Šime Vrsaljko).
Possible XI Oblak; Trippier, Giménez, Savić, Lodi; Thomas, Herrera, Llorente, Koke; Félix, Morata.
Prediction A talented, free-flowing Real Sociedad side saw its momentum zapped by the coronavirus hiatus, and Imañol Alguacil’s men have won just twice in the last 10 tries. Most notably, Martin Ødegaard’s knee problems have sapped the team of its top playmaker, its link from midfield to attack. The txuri-urdin sit at exactly a goal per game since the restart and have conceded 14 over the past month, with one clean sheet.
The impressive Alexander Isak (nine goals) and captain Mikel Oyarzabal (10 goals and 11 assists) will lead the Basque side’s charge against Los Colchoneros — who have gone in the opposite direction. Riding a 17-game unbeaten run. Cholo’s crew are counterattacking sharply with speed and have scored in each game — 19 goals total — since June 14. La Real have one of the highest possession percentages in LaLiga at nearly 55 percent on average, which should suit Vitolo and Yannick Carrasco later in the match against a suspect defense. 2-1, Atlético
My record on the season 25-23
Date July 19, 2020
Location Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain
Kickoff time 9:00 p.m. CET, 8:00 p.m. GMT, 3:00 p.m. EST, 12:00 p.m. PST
Available TV/streaming Movistar LaLiga 1 (Spain), Premier Player HD (United Kingdom), beIN Sports (United States), DAZN (Germany), Sportklub 2 (Slovenia), beIN Sports Connect (Indonesia), QQ Sports Live (China)