Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid
Spanish La Liga
Date: Saturday, 16 March 2019
Kick-Off at 17:30 UK / 18:30 CET
Venue: San Mames Barria (Bilbao).
Atletico Madrid failed to maintain a two-goal advantage from the first leg of their Champions League R16 tie against Juventus. They fell 3-0 in the reverse fixture at Allianz Stadium in Turin as Diego Simeone’s men were completely outplayed by Serie A leaders.
The Argentine manager will now face a serious task to try and lift spirits inside the dressing room after such hard defeat. Atleti still dream of challenging Barcelona at the top of the Primera Division standings. They are seven points shy at the moment and still have time to catch up with the Catalans, but sealing a three-pointer on Saturday evening will be a very tough task against a stern Athletic Bilbao side.
Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid: Head-to-head
Atletico Madrid can rely heavily on the head to head tradition against the Basques.
The visitors won each of past four head to head encounters with the Lions netting at least two goals in each of fixtures in the process.
This term’s clash offered a surprisingly high-scoring affair which ended in Atletico’s 3-2 win at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.
Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid: Prediction
Bilbao struggled badly to find the right form in the first half of the season, but they significantly improved their defensive efforts after a short winter break. The Lions allowed more than one goal just twice in last ten matches in all competitions.
Gaizka Garitano’s men kept three clean sheets in last five league outings. They were particularly tough to break down at San Mames where the Lions shipped just one goal in past five La Liga ties.
The Mattressers generally play much better on the home patch and we feel they could struggle to break the stern defensive line of Athletic’s here. Diego Simeone’s men won only 5 of 13 away matches on the league this season. They are now up against a side which won three and drew two of last five home ties.
Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid: Bet Tips
Athletic Bilbao or Draw @ 1.70 (7/10)
Under 2.5 goals FT @ 1.44 (4/9).