Home form looks to be the key, ahead of our Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao preview and soccer odds, with the Wanda Metropolitano one of the toughest stadiums to pay a visit to during this league campaign.
Atletico Madrid are still unbeaten in the league at their new home ground, with Athletic Bilbao coming to town at an inopportune moment. Los Leones are struggling to pick up results or hit the back of the net of late, and that poor form will be emphasised in Madrid.
Our Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao predictions are based off how impressive Diego Simeone’s men have been on their own patch, which means that we are only backing a positive and comfortable result for Los Colchoneros in our La Liga tips.
Simeone’s men have consolidated their place in the league table well of late, with second appearing to be theirs to lose already. After picking up good results at home against Valencia last weekend, there don’t appear to be many sides that can match them at the Wanda.
The hosts have kept four clean sheets in five LaLiga contests, with Jan Oblak continuing to add to a glittering career in between the posts for Atleti. Despite the fact that the likes of Diego Godin and Stefan Savic have had injury problems of late, the general system that the hosts employ should protect their goalkeeper well, while maintaining a solid threat going forward.
William Hill offer the best odds on the home side winning to nil on Sunday, with both of these sides having midweek Europa League games to contend with too. Given that Los Colchoneros have a deeper squad and more quality, it should affect their efforts in the league far less.
Kuko Ziganda has been criticised plenty at the helm of Athletic, and after his dismal tactical changes against Girona recently, there is even less faith in his ability as a coach. Going forward, the Basque club have been really struggling and against a well-drilled unit such as Atleti, they should have real problems creating anything of note.
Our Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao bets back this to be a fairly tight game, but a contest in which Atleti always have control. There have been more than three goals at the Wanda in just one of the hosts’ last five games there, with only Las Palmas conceding three. Aside from that, Simeone is happy to see his players scrape out three points by whatever means necessary.
Betfair offer the best odds on there being less than three goals in this game, which looks likely given the amount of 1-0 results that the home side have picked up already this campaign. Atleti are able to keep things very tight at their own end, leaving the likes of Antoine Griezmann and Diego Costa to their own devices at the other end to make the difference.
Our Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao betting tips suggest that Ziganda’s Los Leones will whimper to another defeat, with the visitors able to set up to try and avoid defeat by little else. If the Basque club continue to try and use a 3-5-2 formation, it would be perceivable that Atleti would cruise through this weekend’s game.