Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao
Spain – La Liga
Date: Saturday, 9 January 2021
Kick-off at 15:15 UK/ 16:15 CET
Venue: Wanda Metropolitano.
Los Colchoneros have easily been the best team in the competition by a mile this season. They are placed atop the table, and despite having matches in hand, they have left the likes of Real Madrid and Barcelona in the dust.
2020-21 seems like a great opportunity for Diego Simeone’s men to repeat the heroics of their 2013-14 season, when they trumped the two titans in Spain to deliver the La Liga title.
As of now, they have lost just once all through the season, and the defeat had come against arch-rivals, the Royal Whites. They have also conceded the least number of goals so far of all the teams in the contest – just six from their 15 match-ups. Note that no other team in the La Liga has kept it below 10.
Meanwhile, Los Leones are going through a dismal run at the moment, and have dropped plenty of points in recent weeks. They have also been a mess on the road lately, and they have a worrying h2h record against this rival over the years.
For the reasons, expect Atletico Madrid to emerge victorious this weekend at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Head-to-head (h2h)
- Simeone’s men had won five of the past seven overall meetings.
- They had recorded 15 of the former 17 overall wins.
- They have scored two or more goals in six of the preceding eight clashes.
- The hosts had won ten of the former eleven encounters at this venue, and the last they lost here was back in 2011.
- The home team had scored a total of 12 goals from their preceding five games here.
Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction
Los Colchoneros recorded a 1-2 win on the road the last match-day, against Alaves. In the meantime, Marcelino Garcia Toral’s men registered a 1-0 win at home, against Elche.
Going on, Simeone’s men are on a five-game winning run, and they were unbeaten in 39 of their past 42 fixtures. And the three losses during this stretch had come against Real Madrid, Bayern Munich, and Leipzig – some of the absolute best teams in the world.
On the other hand, their counterparts were winless in seven of their former ten match-ups, and they had won just once on the road in their last 14 attempts.
On top of that, the 2013-14 champions also have a phenomenal record in h2h meetings over the years against this foe, especially so at this stadium.
Considering these stats, expect Atletico Madrid to be the better team on the pitch this weekend, and that too by a wide margin.
Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Betting Tips
To Win: Atletico Madrid @ 1.50 (1/2)
Over 1.5 Team Goals by Atletico Madrid @ 1.90 (9/10).