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Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction & Match Preview

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.


Atletico Madrid and Athletic Club face each other in a highly-anticipated La Liga clash at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.

Los Rojiblancos aim to retain top position in the standings, but the Lions should not be written off just yet.

Thanks to Luis Suarez’s late goal Atletico Madrid defeated ten-man Alaves at the weekend, and, no doubt, they are high on confidence ahead of the visit of Athletic.
Stefan Savic returns from suspension, with Joao Felix pushing for a start.

The Basques, on the other hand, recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Elche on Matchday 18. Athletic Club quickly bounced back from the 1-0 loss to Real Sociedad, but they face an uphill task in the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano clash.

Even though boss Gaizka Garitano can count on key players for Saturday’s clash, home win should be considered as Diego Simeone’s troops are enjoying a very successful season.

Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Atletico Madrid Athletic Bilbao played so far 41 matches.
Atletico Madrid won 24 direct matches. Athletic Bilbao won 11 matches. 6 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.90 goals per Match.

Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction

Atletico Madrid in actual season average scored 1.79 goals per match. In 8 (66.67%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 5 (41.67%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Athletic Bilbao average scored 1.28 goals per match in season 2021. In 12 (80.00%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 9 (60.00%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

With the level of depth Atleti currently have in the squad, Simeone has often opted to rotate the attacking players in his starting XI and he will undoubtedly tinker with the team again for this tie.

In addition to the injury to the team's pride that was sustained during their defeat to Cornella, defensive stalwart Jose Gimenez also picked up another injury, rendering him unavailable for this game.

Stefan Savic is expected to return to the starting XI after serving his one-game suspension.

Marcelino made a series of changes during his first game in charge, moving Williams from the right into the attack and pushing skipper Iker Muniain out wide.

Oscar de Marcos also moved into a more advanced position on the right-wing.

Atletico Madrid possible starting lineup:
Oblak; Savic, Felipe, Hermoso; Vrsaljko, Llorente, Koke, Lemar, Carrasco; Correa, Suarez

Athletic Bilbao possible starting lineup:
Simon; Capa, Nunez, Martinez, Berchiche; de Marcos, Vencedor, Vesga, Muniain; Garcia, Williams
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