Athletic Dangerous Underdog
Real Madrid is about to win the La Liga title. Therefore, qualifying for the UEFA Champions League has become Atletico Madrid’s main objective. The reigning champs are sitting in fourth place, the last slot granted a golden ticket. However, they can’t slow down as Real Betis is only four points behind.
On the other hand, Athletic Bilbao needs the victory to keep the UEFA Europa League hopes alive. Despite playing at home, where they only lost one of their last six games, Los Leones come in as the soccer betting
underdogs at +205.
Athletic Highly Motivated
Last week, Athletic Bilbao defeated Cadiz. We know that Cadiz isn’t a powerhouse or anything like it, but what seemed like a simple victory almost had a nightmarish result.
Los Leones were up 3-0 at halftime, but Cadiz scored only 11 minutes into the second half. Then, 15 minutes later, Bilbao lost Mikel Vesga due to a red card. Cadiz managed to score again, but fortunately for Bilbao, there wasn’t much time left. Those kind of victories teach and motivate more than a beating.
Now, Los Leones return home, where they own an 8-3-5 record. As was mentioned before, they lost (at home) only one of their last games. Plus, they scored in five of those games. This is one of those cases in which playing at home can really make a difference.
You’ll want to pay close attention to Inaki Williams, the team’s top scorer with seven goals. He’s very fast, skillful and drives any defensive unit crazy. In fact, he should be the main reason for you to consider including Bilbao in your soccer picks.
As for the injuries, Alex Petxa is the only one who’s questionable.
Atletico Madrid Aiming for Second Place
By finishing fourth, Atletico Madrid would qualify for the UCL. However, Los Colchoneros could also get into second place, and that’s a huge difference, as ending in fourth puts them in a much more complicated group.
The good news is they’re only two points behind Barcelona, the team sitting in second place. Therefore, defeating Athletic Bilbao would be big for Los Colchoneros.
Most recently, they drew, 0-0, to Granada. They won possession with 64 percent and finished with 22 total shots. In other words, they shouldn’t have drawn in the match.
Los Colchoneros won three of their last five games on the road, including two clean sheets. Overall, they outscored their opponents, 9-6.
We still believe Atletico own one of the best rosters in Europe. Consider not every team has the luxury of leaving Luis Suarez-the team’s top scorer with 11 goals-on the bench.
Plus, Joao Felix and Thomas Lemar didn’t play against Granada due to injured hamstrings. They both remain questionable. Even so, Los Colchoneros come in as the betting online favorites, priced at +155
Athletic vs Madrid Head-to-Head
- Previous Matches: 184
- Athletic Bilbao Victories: 67 (274 goals)
- Atletico Madrid Victories: 85 (297 goals)
- Draws: 32
These two already collide twice. The first was in the Super Cup and Athletic Bilbao won, 2-1, with goals from Yeray Alvarez and Nico Williams. Atletico Madrid finished with 10 players after Jose Maria Gimenez was given a red card near the end of the game.
The second meeting, first in La Liga, ended goalless. That was the fifth time in their last 10 encounters that the total went under.
Athletic vs Atletico Madrid Game Information
- Date: Saturday, April 30
- Time: 3:00 p.m. ET
- Location: San Mames, Bilbao
- Athletic vs Atletico Madrid Live Stream: fuboTV
Athletic vs Atletico Madrid Betting Lines
Athletic vs Atletico Madrid Prediction
It’s going to be a war. Athletic Bilbao isn’t an easy team to beat on the road. However, Atletico Madrid’s depth and mindset makes the difference. Of Atletico’s last five goals, four have been scored by players who came off the bench. Plus, Los Colchoneros have scored 19 goals between the 76th and 90th minutes.
In conclusion, they don’t concede. We don’t think they’re going to do it now that the stakes are so high. You could include Atletico Madrid at +155 in your online gambling ticket, but there’s a better deal, as in Atletico Madrid over 1½ goals at +175.
Score Prediction: Atletico Madrid 2, Athletic Club 1