Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao La Liga Betting Tips and Preview

Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao, La Liga

Real Madrid will be hoping to bounce back from their recent draw at Leganes as they host an in-form Athletic Bilbao on Sunday afternoon. Madrid are strong favourites for this game but Athletic have won four of their last five La Liga games.

Where and when: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid – 21 April, kick-off 15:15

Where you can see Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao: William Hill, Eleven Sports

Last time: The last three meetings between these two sides have ended in draws, including the 1-1 draw at San Mames earlier this campaign – Isco cancelled out Iker Munain’s opener for Athletic.

Under 2.5 goals 13/8 Offer
Result: draw 4/1 Offer
Athletic ‘double chance’ 15/8 Offer

Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao Predictions and Preview

Real Madrid are out of the title race in La Liga – they languish 13 points behind league leaders Barcelona and are also out of all cup competitions.

Recent league victories over struggling Real Valladolid, Celta Vigo, Huesca and Eibar, coupled with a loss at Valencia and draw at Leganes, do not carry great significance, although the return of boss Zinedine Zidane has revitalised the club and rejuvenated their confidence.

Athletic have won four of their last five La Liga games and are up to seventh in the standings – just three points off a Europa League qualification spot and six points off the top four.

Unsurprisingly due to their status, Madrid are big favourites for this encounter at odds of 2/5 with an Athletic victory priced at 13/2 and the draw available at 4/1.

This fixture tends to produce few goals with just four going in across the most recent three meetings, so under 2.5 goals at 13/8 appears to be a solid bet with under 1.5 at 4/1.

A ‘double chance’ on Athletic to come away with either a draw or a win is available at 15/8 while a Madrid 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 23/20 while Madrid to win both halves is at 2/1.

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One to watch for Real Madrid: Karim Benzema has netted 26 goals this season including seven in his last six and is once again the main goal threat for Madrid.

One to watch for Athletic Bilbao: Inaki Williams has five goals in his last five and is Athletic’s top La Liga scorer of the campaign with 12.

Long shot: Real Madrid have failed to score in two of their last eight domestic games while Athletic have six clean sheets from their last 16. Odds of this game to finish scoreless are at 18/1.

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