Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao
Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 21st May 2017
Kick-off at 15:45 UK / 16:45 CET
Venue: Estadio Vicente Calderon, Madrid.
Diego Simeone’s men will qualify for next season’s UEFA Champions League automatically as they will finish the campaign in the third place. The guests have a lot to fight for since they are in the 6th position with 63 points, the same count as Real Sociedad and a point less than Villarreal.
The Rojiblancos visited Sevilla last week where they faced Real Betis. They only managed to grab a point as the match ended with the result of 1-1, probably due to lack of motivation among Simeone’s men. The wounds from Champions League semi-final exit are still fresh, but since they are playing their last match at Vicente Calderon, Atletico’s players will be inspired to be part of the historical last victory at the famous venue.
The Basque pride suffered a setback in the last two rounds, but luckily they haven’t dropped in the standings since both Europa League contenders (Sociedad and Villarreal) failed to win too. In the last round, it’s safe to say Bilbao lost two points at Estadio San Mames as they only took a point from the clash with Leganes.
Bilbao were painful to watch on the road in the first part of the season, but they have significantly improved as they season was rolling. In the last 5 La Liga visits, they have registered 3 wins and 2 defeats.
Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao: Head-to-head
Earlier this season, both teams grabbed a point each in the 2-2 draw at San Mames. The Rojiblancos have had significantly more success over the past few years as Bilbao are constantly failing to beat them since 2013.
Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao: Prediction
Both teams will be looking for a victory at Vicente Calderon different reasons. Both teams will probably score at least once.