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Athletic Bilbao arrive at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday for the La Liga game with hosts Atlético Madrid.
All of our predictions, stats and the user poll for Atlético Madrid v Athletic Bilbao are shown below (inc. the best betting odds).
Atlético Madrid will be hoping to return to winning ways here after the 1-0 Copa del Rey losing effort in their last game against Cornellà.
In that match, Atlético Madrid had 63% possession and 15 shots on goal with 0 of them on target. For their opponents, Cornellà got 15 shots at goal with 6 on target. Jiménez (7') scored for Cornellà.
Their more recent scorelines highlight the fact that quality has been evident in the Atlético Madrid backline. Atleti have been stingy, seeing the tally of goals that have gone in at their end over the course of their past 6 outings standing at 3. It will be interesting to see whether or not that trend will end up being sustained here.
Analysis of their past results shows that Atlético Madrid:
- haven't lost in the league to Athletic Bilbao in their last 2 games.
- are undefeated in their last 19 home league matches. Incredible, really.
Following on from suffering a loss in their previous game against Barcelona in La Liga action, Athletic Bilbao and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
In that game, Athletic Bilbao had 42% possession and 8 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target. For Athletic Bilbao, the scorers were Iñaki Williams (3') and Iker Muniain (90'). For their opponents, FC Barcelona got 13 attempts on goal with 9 of them on target. Pedri (14') and Lionel Messi (38', 62') scored for Barcelona.
During their 6 previous matches, Gaizka Garitano's Athletic Bilbao have seen their efforts on goal rewarded 7 times thus giving them the goals per game average of 1.17.
Their past results show that Athletic Bilbao:
- haven't won against Atlético Madrid when they have played them away from home in the previous 9 matches in the league. It has been a terrible run on the road.
- have not won away from home in their last 7 league games.
Head to head
A look at their prior head to head meetings dating back to 20/09/2017 shows that Atlético Madrid have won 4 of them and Athletic Bilbao 1, with the tally of draws standing at 1.
A total of 16 goals were yielded between them in these games, with 10 of them from Atleti and 6 coming from Los Leones. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.67.
The previous league meeting featuring these sides was La Liga match day 28 on 14/06/2020 and the score finished Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Atlético Madrid.
In that match, Athletic Bilbao had 54% possession and 10 attempts on goal with 3 on target. The scorer was Iker Muniain (37').
Atlético Madrid got 9 attempts on goal with 2 on target. Costa (39') was the scorer.
The referee was José Luis González González.
Team News: Atlético Madrid
Atlético Madrid boss Diego Simeone doesn’t have any fitness concerns whatsoever before this clash with a completely healthy squad to pick from.
Team News: Athletic Bilbao
From a largely full-strength group of players, there is only the sole fitness issue for the Athletic Bilbao gaffer Gaizka Garitano to be concerned about. Peru Nolaskoain (Ankle Injury) won’t be in action.
Our assessment is that Atlético Madrid have it within them to get a lot of shots on goal and make them count.
At the same time, Athletic Bilbao could well find it tough to score although we do see them converting at least once.
We’re predicting a 3-1 win for Atlético Madrid when all’s said and done.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano (68,900)
Captain: Jorge Koke
Chairman: Enrique Cerezo
Manager: Diego Simeone
Competitions: La Liga position 1, Copa del Rey (Second Round), Champions League (Last 16)
⭐ Key Man: Luis Suárez
Customarily playing in the Striker position, Luis Suárez was born in Salto, Uruguay. Having played his first senior match for Nacional de Football in the 2005 season, the skilful Forward has managed 9 league goals in this LaLiga 2020 - 2021 season to date in 12 appearances.