Building a Streak
Atletico Madrid can’t catch a break in the UEFA Champions League, but things in La Liga are much better. Los Colchoneros will try to win their third straight game this Saturday when visiting San Mames.
As for Athletic Bilbao, Los Leones haven’t lost in their last four games, which is why they come in as the soccer betting favorites. Nevertheless, they’ll be without one of the team’s captains.
Athletic Bilbao: Regaining Respect
A month ago, Athletic Bilbao lost 1-0 to Espanyol at home. After that, Los Leones are 3-1-0, have scored 12 goals and allowed only four. Most recently, they drew 1-1 to Sevilla, a game in which Ander Herrera was sent off right before the end.
Prior to visiting Los Blanquirrojos, they played host to Rayo Vallecano and Almeria, defeating Los Franjirrojos 3-2 and the Indalicos 4-0. Inaki Williams, Oihan Sancet and Nico Williams scored in both games, making them a scary trio.
Overall, Los Leones scored 17 goals. Only Barcelona and Real Madrid have scored more with 20 and 19. Defensively, they’ve allowed five goals. Only Barcelona and Villarreal have allowed less with one and three. We’re talking about a well-balanced team.
They aren’t competing in any international tournament, meaning they can fully focus on doing their best in La Liga. That also means their roster is going to be well-rested, unlike Atletico Madrid’s.
Summing up, Los Leones deserve to be in charge of the Las Vegas odds. They’re offering a +150, which in my opinion falls a bit short for how well they’re playing lately, but in the end, a powerhouse like Los Colchoneros always deserves respect.
Atletico Madrid: Forgetting About the UCL
Midweek, Atletico Madrid failed to defeat Club Brugge in the UCL. The game at Wanda Metropolitano finished 0-0, leaving Los Colchoneros in third place of Group B. They must defeat Bayer Leverkusen and FC Porto in the last two fixtures to advance to the Round of 16.
Regarding La Liga, Los Colchoneros recently defeated Sevilla 2-0 and Girona 2-1. Angel Correa scored a brace against the White and Reds, making him the new favorite to accompany Alvaro Morata up front.
Besides Correa and Morata, there are Joao Felix, Matheus Cunha and Antoine Griezmann. In other words, they’ve talent to spare, but it’s time to prove it on the field. Los Colchoneros average 1.75 goals per game. They can do better than that.
Defensively, they’ve allowed seven goals. Goalkeeper Jan Oblak isn’t having a great start to the season, but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s one of the best in the world.
Knowing the importance of this game, head coach Diego Simeone gave rest to some players by not including them in the starting lineup to face Club Brugge. The list includes Rodrigo de Paul, Axel Witsel, Yannick Carrasco, Morata and Cunha. Felix and Mario Hermoso didn’t play at all.
The visitors come in as the betting online underdogs thanks to a +200 price. They aren’t used to being the underdogs, but let me tell you something, you won’t find a more tempting underdog than them.
Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 185
- Athletic Bilbao Victories: 68 (276 goals)
- Atletico Madrid Victories: 85 (297 goals)
- Draws: 32
Last season, Atletico Madrid couldn’t defeat Athletic Bilbao. First, they collided in Madrid and drew 0-0. Despite the goalless draw, it was an intense match in which the referee ended up showing eight yellow cards in total and one red. Joao Felix was sent off in the 79th minute.
Later, in Bilbao, Los Leones won 2-0. They opened the can in the first half thanks to an own goal scored by Mario Hermoso. They increased the advantage in the second thanks to Inaki Williams, who scored from the penalty spot.
Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid Game Information
- Date: Saturday, Oct. 15
- Time: 3 p.m. ET
- Location: San Mames, Bilbao
- Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid Live stream: fubo.tv
Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid Betting Lines
Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid Prediction
Equal forces here. We’re talking about good defensive teams that are also good when it comes to counterattacks. That’s why they usually offer us close games in which the total is prone to go under. It happened in 6 of their last 10 meetings. I expect that trend to continue, but both will score, meaning you should include the draw in your soccer picks.
Score Prediction: Athletic Bilbao 1, Atletico Madrid 1