Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Kickoff: 15:15 Hrs

Venue: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano

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Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Match Prediction

By Bharath Ramm R

Atletico Madrid managed a third consecutive league win after beating Malaga 1-0 at the La Rosaleda. The game was settled inside the opening minute, as Antoine Griezmann came up with a goal that turned out to be the winner. Atletico Madrid went on to secure a 4-1 away victory over FC Copenhagen in the first leg of the Europa League knockout stages. Athletic Bilbao could only muster a goalless draw with Las Palmas at home. Predictably, the home team had the best of possession and opportunities. Bilbao quickly put behind this result and managed a 3-1 away victory over Spartak Moscow in the Europa League. Aduriz came up with a brace in this first leg knockout match.

Here we have our SBAT match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

Betting Tips and Predictions

The Athletic Bilbao outfit have been unable to get a victory over Atletico Madrid in the last six games. This record is unlikely to change in this match, as Atletico are rather strong at the Wanda Metropolitano. Atletico are one of the two teams to hold an unbeaten home record in the La Liga 2017-18 campaign, as the club has failed to win only four out of the 11 matches. In the last six league matches, Atletico have been drawing at half-time and winning in full-time on three occasions. I expect more of the same in this game. The absence of Aduriz places more pressure on the likes of Inaki Williams. They would be trying to break an Atletico defence that has kept four clean sheets in the last five home league matches. I would back a clean sheet for Atletico.

Atletico Madrid draw at half-time and when it full-time – 5/2

Atletico Madrid clean sheet – 4/7

Atletico Madrid have not conceded a goal in 60% of their last 10 games played

Atletico Madrid scored over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played against Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

Athletic Bilbao saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played against Atletico Madrid

AVG Goals

1.3

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Atletico Madrid Form Guide

Atletico Madrid Team Logo

Atletico Madrid

Won

5

Draw

3

Lost

2
W H

15-04-2018

Primera Division

Levante Team Logo Levante

FT 3 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

19-04-2018

Primera Division

Real Sociedad Team Logo Real Sociedad

FT 3 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

D H

22-04-2018

Primera Division

Real Betis Team Logo Real Betis

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

26-04-2018

Europa League Final Stage

Arsenal Team Logo Arsenal

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

29-04-2018

Primera Division

Alaves Team Logo Alaves

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

03-05-2018

Europa League Final Stage

Arsenal Team Logo Arsenal

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

06-05-2018

Primera Division

Espanyol Team Logo Espanyol

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

12-05-2018

Primera Division

Getafe Team Logo Getafe

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W A

16-05-2018

Europa League Final Stage

Marseille Team Logo Marseille

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

20-05-2018

Primera Division

Eibar Team Logo Eibar

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

Athletic Bilbao Form Guide

Athletic Bilbao Team Logo

Athletic Bilbao

Won

3

Draw

2

Lost

5
D H

31-03-2018

Primera Division

Celta Vigo Team Logo Celta Vigo

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

09-04-2018

Primera Division

Villarreal Team Logo Villarreal

FT 1 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

L H

14-04-2018

Primera Division

Deportivo La Coruna Team Logo Deportivo La Coruna

FT 2 - 3

(HT 0 - 2)

D A

18-04-2018

Primera Division

Real Madrid Team Logo Real Madrid

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L H

23-04-2018

Primera Division

Levante Team Logo Levante

FT 1 - 3

(HT 1 - 2)

L A

28-04-2018

Primera Division

Real Sociedad Team Logo Real Sociedad

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

05-05-2018

Primera Division

Real Betis Team Logo Real Betis

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

12-05-2018

Primera Division

Alaves Team Logo Alaves

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

20-05-2018

Primera Division

Espanyol Team Logo Espanyol

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

23-05-2018

Club Friendlies

Santutxu FC Team Logo Santutxu FC

FT 4 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

Atletico Madrid Preview

Atletico Madrid have picked up four consecutive wins in all competitions. The disappointment at not being able to progress in the Champions League can be softened by progression in the Europa League. The huge victory over FC Copenhagen in the first leg ensures that Atletico already have a spot in the quarter-finals barring a major catastrophe in the second leg. Matches against Athletic Bilbao, Sevilla, and Barcelona make for a tricky few weeks for Atletico in the La Liga. The primary concern for Diego Simeone will be striker Diego Costa’s frequent injury issues. Antoine Griezmann is the top scorer at the club with eight goals.

Atletico Madrid Team News

Manager Diego Simeone will be without Stefan Savic (hamstring) and Diego Costa (muscle) due to injuries.

Athletic Bilbao Preview

Athletic Bilbao have gone through a poor patch of form in the La Liga, but manager Cuco Ziganda will be hoping that his players can use the midweek victory over Spartak Moscow as an inspiration for the forthcoming matches. Athletic Bilbao still remain with a chance to get into the top half of the table, as 10th placed Girona are only three points ahead. Slowly, the club has been able to pull away from the bottom three. Athletic Bilbao’s reliance on Aduriz will be tested to the maximum with the striker unavailable for the game against Atletico. The forward is the top scorer with eight league goals.

Athletic Bilbao Team News

Muniain (cruciate ligament) and Mikel Balenziaga (muscle) are unavailable due to injuries, while manager Cuco Ziganda will be without Aduriz and Raul Garcia due to suspensions.

Atletico Madrid Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.2

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Athletic Bilbao Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.6

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Sidelined Players

Atletico Madrid
15 Stefan Savic Injured
Athletic Bilbao
24 Mikel Balenziaga Injured
10 Iker Muniain Injured
20 Aritz Aduriz Suspended
22 Raul Garcia Suspended

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
13 GK Jan Oblak 189 84
16 LB Sime Vrsaljko 181 76
24 CD Jose Gimenez 185 77
19 CD Lucas Hernandez 183 76
3 RB Filipe Luis 182 73
5 CM Thomas 185 75
6 RM Koke 176 73
8 CM Saul Niguez 183 76
11 LM Angel Correa 173 70
7 CF Antoine Griezmann 174 72
18 CF Diego Costa 185 86
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Kepa Arrizabalaga 189 84
15 LB Inigo Lekue 179 70
12 CD Unai Nunez 186 -
4 CD Inigo Martinez 181 77
3 RB Enric Saborit 186 72
6 CDM Mikel San Jose 186 77
14 CM Markel Susaeta 179 68
21 CM Mikel Vesga 191 86
19 CM Sabin Merino 187 78
7 CDM Benat Etxebarria 175 72
11 CF Inaki Williams 186 77