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Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction & Match Preview

 

Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction & Match Preview


After sharing the spoils with Real Madrid in El Madrileno, Atletico Madrid will be aiming to retain top position in the standings when they take on Athletic Club in a postponed La Liga fixture. 

Diego Simeone’s troops were on the verge of beating los Blancos in the local derby, but Karim Benzema eventually saved one point for Zinedine Zidane’s team. 

Defender Gimenez remains on the sidelines with injury, while both Saul and Joao Felix should be recalled to the starting XI.

It has to be noted that los Rojiblancos are eyeing their 10th home win of the season. 

The Lions, on the other hand, defeated Granada at San Mames thanks to Berenguer’s late goal. 

Athletic Club aim to keep their Europa League hopes alive, but seeing that Atletico Madrid want this win more than the Basques, home win should be considered. Inigo Martinez remains on the sidelines through suspension.

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 1.77 goals per match. In 13 (72.22%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 7 (38.89%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Athletic Bilbao average scored 1.50 goals per match in season 2021. In 18 (85.71%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 14 (66.67%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Atletico Madrid are expected to remain without centre-back Jose Gimenez, who has missed their last two matches with a muscle injury.

However, they were recently boosted by the return of Kieran Trippier, who was back in action last time out after a suspension for breaching gambling rules.

Simeone switched up his style for the tie with Real Madrid, moving to a new structure of four at the back, although they could revert back to the more familiar system of three centre-backs for this game, with Stefan Savic, Felipe and Mario Hermoso expected to form the back line.

Joao Felix will be looking to return to the starting lineup for this game, having featured off the bench in their last two matches.

Both Iker Muniain and Inaki Williams were dropped to the bench for the victory over Granada, but they are expected to return to the side for this tough encounter.

Experienced centre-back Inigo Martinez will remain absent though, as he serves a suspension for a red card shown late on against Levante.

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

Athletic Bilbao possible starting lineup:
Simon; Capa, Nunez, Alvarez, Balenziaga; Berenguer, Vesga, Vencedor, Muniain; Williams, Garcia


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