Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid
Spanish La Liga
Date: Saturday, 15 September 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: San Mames Barria (Bilbao).
Real Madrid do not look to have problems adjusting to life without Cristiano Ronaldo. They stormed past all of three rivals to pick up three easy victories at the start of the new La Liga campaign.
Los Blancos bagged ten goals in the process and they’ll travel to the Basque county for a tough Athletic Bilbao test high on confidence aiming to maintain the perfect record after the fourth round weekend.
Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale lead the line after Ronaldo’s departure and they’ve been quite impressive in opening three games. This duo combined the total of seven goals so far in the season and they should have plenty of room to keep such scintillating form going here past the struggling defensive line of Bilbao’s.
The hosts started off with a 2-1 victory over Leganes only to drop a two-goal cushion in the second round fixture against league’s new boys Huesca.
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid: Head-to-head
Real Madrid dominated this match-up in the history, but they failed to beat the Lions in the previous term of La Liga.
Both matches ended in low-scoring draws as Bilbao brought Real’s four-win streak in H2H games to an end.
However, it’s interesting to note that five of past six head to head affairs saw goals at both ends.
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid: Prediction
Bilbao picked up for points from three games so far, but we don’t see them as a genuine threat to Real Madrid’s impressive run off form at this stage. This is mainly because of defensive holes the likes of Benzema and Bale will certainly be in position to exploit on Saturday evening.
Moving forward, Eduardo Berizzo will likely be without his talisman Aritz Aduriz who might skip another match through muscle injury.
The away win thus looks to be a banker bet at 1.53 odds, while Karim Benzema is well worth backing to score anytime at 2.10 odds.
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid: Bet Tips
Real Madrid to win @ 1.53 (8/15)
Karim Benzema to score anytime @ 2.10 (11/10).