The Saturday night action in La Liga sees title contenders Atletico Madrid play host to an out of form Athletic Bilbao side, who are without a win in their last four matches. Both these sides have been shy of goals this campaign.
Where and when: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid– 26 October, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Atletico Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao: William Hill, Premier Sports
Last time: Athletic Bilbao won 2-0 in the Basque Country in the two side’s most recent meeting, in March, while Atletico ran out 3-2 winners in the clash in Madrid last November.
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Atletico Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao Predictions and Preview
After winning all three of their opening La Liga matches this term, Atletico Madrid have won just once in their last six.
That may not only have derailed their ambitions of a league title but ruined them altogether – they remain just three points off the top but such problems mean a title challenge is unlikely.
Athletic Bilbao are another side who have tailed off badly after a promising start to the league season – 11 points from their opening five games has been followed up with just two more from the following four outings.
The hosts are favourites for this encounter at odds of 4/6 with an Athletic Bilbao victory priced at 19/4 and the draw available at 12/5.
This fixture tends to produce few goals and with just 8 goals scored each, both these sides are the lowest scorers in the top half, so under 1.5 goals at 13/8 appears to be a solid bet with under 2.5 at 9/20.
A ‘double chance’ on Athletic to come away with either a draw or a win is available at 23/20 while an Atleti win/draw outcome is at 1/9.
If you fancy the home side to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 9/5.
One to watch for Atletico Madrid: Diego Costa has scored two of Atleti’s last three goals in La Liga and is the main threat for a goal-shy team who are struggling to put the ball in the net.
One to watch for Athletic Bilbao: Midfielder Raul Garcia – formerly of Atletico – has scored half of Athletic Bilbao’s eight league goals this season, and is the club’s designated penalty taker.
Long shot: Atletico Madrid have conceded just one goal in their last six outings while scoring just five, while Athletic Club have just two goals in their last four games. Odds of this game to finish scoreless are at 6/1.