An exciting five-match programme from La Liga will be played this Sunday, including a top of the bill clash between Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid. This game is scheduled to kick-off at 20:00, and our team preview what is expected to be a thrilling 90 minutes of action with both clubs pushing for the points.
Bilbao and Madrid served up a tense three-goal match earlier in the season when Atletico edged it by a 2-1 final score. The goals that day came from Llorente and Suarez, with Muniain breaking the deadlock for Bilbao despite his side going on to lose the game. Interestingly, both teams have found the net at least once in each of the last two renewals of this fixture. Will we see that scoring extend to three on the bounce?
Bilbao loss back to back cup finals
Bilbao started the week down in 11th place as they appear to be rolling towards an uninspiring mid-table finish. There’s little for fans to get excited about in what remains of the campaign, and that seems to be shared by players. The locals drew four games in a row which took them to five games without a win. They are playing like a side that already has one eye on the summer break and upcoming European Championships.
Bilbao was held to a disappointing goalless draw at home to Alaves in league action earlier this month. They followed that with a poor performance in the Cope del Rey, losing 4-0 against Barcelona. Bilbao entered the month with a chance to win back-to-back cups but, instead, suffered two losses. The players must dust themselves down and come again.
Madrid top the table
Atletico Madrid has been top of the Spanish La Liga for some time now and looked like they could swagger to the finish line unopposed. That won’t be the case after Barcelona, and Real Madrid found their feet in the opening months of the year. Real Madrid has been the more impressive in recent weeks, beating Barca to emerge as the main danger to Atletico’s title charge. The La Liga champions this season will come from Madrid.
Atletico entered the week in first place but only three points above Blancos following an unconvincing run of form. They followed defeat and a draw with victory over Eibar last weekend, smashing their lowly opponents 5-0. It was a performance of champions, but nothing has been achieved yet.
Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid prediction
The home team don’t have anything to play for in the closing weeks of the season, but they have made themselves difficult to beat. A run of draws shows Bilbao are well-organised in defence but lack the desire to finish teams off.
Madrid has much more to play for here, and know any slip-ups will be punished by Real Madrid, who are ready to pounce. All the pressure is on the visitors ahead of this game.
La Liga prediction
Athletic Bilbao are 1.73 to win with Atletico Madrid 1.32 and the draw 1.375.
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