Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid
Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 22nd January 2017
Kick-Off at 15:15 UK/ 16:15 CET
Venue: San Mames Barria, Bilbao.
The derby match of the round in Primera Division will be played at San Mames Barria where Athletic Club will host Atletico Madrid on Sunday afternoon. With six points separating the two sides in the top part of the league standings, the impressive home form Athletic have enjoyed since the start of the season. And a couple of dominant displays Atletico Madrid had in the most recent games, it is quite hard to say which of the two teams is closer to snatching the win.
Diego Simeone turned back to the tactics which best suits Atleti. The team is completely focused at the back which instantly resulted in there straight wins without a single goal conceded in league matches.
The hosts are having huge troubles with scoring since they failed to find the net in consecutive league clashes with Deportivo Alaves and Leganes which is certainly something to worry Ernesto Valverde. The team is, however, super strong at San Mames where they have been undefeated in last 13 games, winning four in a row before the mentioned goalless draw with Deportivo Alaves.
Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid: Head-to-Head Stats
Atletico Madrid were the absolutely dominant side winning seven and drawing two times in last nine encounters with Athletic Club. The last match played between the two sides at San Mames ended with a narrow 0-1 win for Atleti back in April last year when Fernando Torres made the difference.
Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid: Prediction
You definitely can’t make a mistake backing the Under 2.5 goals bet in this match because we can expect both teams to enter the clash in a careful way. Both sides are pretty solid at the back and it is not possible to see a goalless draw, priced up at 13/2. However, since Athletic have failed to find the net in last two games, we’ll back their rivals to keep a clean sheet at 5/4.
Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid: Betting Tips
Under 2.5 Match Goals at 3/5 (1.60)
Atletico Madrid to keep a clean sheet 5/4 (2.25).