La Liga action returns this weekend with Real Madrid travelling to an unbeaten Athletic Bilbao in the game of the weekend on Saturday night. The visitors, who have a 100% record in the league so far, are slight favourites in a notoriously difficult fixture.
Where and when: San Mames, Bilbao – 15 September, kick-off 19:45
Where you can see Athletic Bilbao vs. Real Madrid: Eleven Sports, William Hill
Last time: Cristiano Ronaldo – now at Juventus – equalised three minutes from time to rescue a point for Madrid in the meeting in the Spanish capital back in April after Inaki Williams had given the visitors the lead. The game at San Mames finished scoreless.
|Under 2.5 goals||6/4||Offer|
|Athletic Bilbao ‘double chance’||8/5||Offer|
Athletic Bilbao vs. Real Madrid Predictions and Preview
Spanish top flight football returns on Saturday after the international break with Athletic Bilbao – who have four points from their opening two games – taking on Real Madrid.
The European champions have started the league campaign faultlessly under new boss Julen Lopetegui, winning in their clashes with Girona, Getafe and Leganes.
The Basque club defeated Leganes in their league opener before blowing a two-goal lead against Huesca to draw while their third game at Rayo Vallecano was postponed due to security concerns.
The away side are favourites to win this encounter at odds of 8/11, with Athletic priced at 9/2 and the draw available at 17/4.
This is likely to be a cagey affair with the hosts looking to contain the visitors, who themselves may exercise more caution than usual. With that in mind, under 2.5 goals at 6/4 appears to offer value, while under 1.5 is at 4/1.
However, if you think that Madrid’s attacking options will mean an open game is more likely, more than 2.5 goals is at 8/15 although this offers little value.
A ‘double chance’ on Athletic to come away with either a draw or a win is available at 8/5 while a Madrid win/draw outcome is at 1/6.
If you fancy the visiting side to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 29/20.
One to watch for Athletic Bilbao: Inaki Williams netted double figures for the Basques last season – including his side’s only goal against Madrid – but has yet to get off the mark, which he will be looking to change on Saturday.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Gareth Bale has scored nine goals in his last nine appearances for Madrid, and scorer a great goal against Republic of Ireland during the international break with Wales.
Long shot: This match took place in early December last year, with neither side managing to find the net in a tense encounter. Odds of this game to finish scoreless are available at 22/1.