Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid
Spanish La Liga
Date: 22 January 2023, Sunday
Kick-off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: San Mames Barria (Bilbao).
Real Madrid showed an amazing team spirit to come back from a two-goal deficit against Villarreal on Thursday evening in the last 16 round of Copa del Rey.
Los Blancos advanced to the quarterfinal of the competition (where they will face Atletico Madrid in the city derby) thanks to second-half goals from Vinicius Junior, Eder Militao, and Dani Ceballos.
It was a big victory confidence-wise for Carlo Ancelotti’s men who desperately needed it after a streak of three subsequent outings without a win.
Italian manager can be worried with his team’s recent defensive performances. Real Madrid allowed at least a goal in four consecutive matches in all competitions.
They have shipped five in the last two outings in the process, including three to Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup final seven days ago in Saudi Arabia.
Real Madrid are also again three points shy of Barcelona at the top of the standings in La Liga following the 2-1 defeat to Villarreal in the previous league affair two weeks ago.
To make things even worse, Ancelotti’s men will be seriously tested this Sunday as well since they travel to San Mames Barria to lock horns with Athletic Bilbao in the 18th round of the competition.
Athletic will be highly motivated to make amends after the 3-1 defeat in the Basque derby against Real Sociedad in the previous round.
The hosts dropped to the 8th position in La Liga table after a run of three successive games without a win.
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid Head-to-head
- These two teams last locked horns in the Copa del Rey quarterfinal last year when Athletic Bilbao won 1-0.
- Overall, Real Madrid have been much more successful historically with 40 wins, 10 draws, and 13 defeats in the last 63 encounters with Athletic Bilbao.
- Four of the previous five head to head games between these teams ended with fewer than three goals scored.
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid Prediction
Athletic Bilbao conceded only four goals in nine league matches on the home patch this term. They will represent a big challenge for the out-of-form Real Madrid side here.
We will take Bilbao to win as the main bet at the 2.90 odds, while you can alternatively try with the 1-0 correct score pick at the sky-high 10.00 odds.
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid Betting Tips
Athletic Bilbao to win @ 2.90 (19/10)
Correct Score: Athletic Bilbao 1-0 @ 10.00 (9/1) odd.