Atletico Madrid and Athletic Bilbao will meet in the 18th round of the La Liga. Atletico Madrid is playing phenomenally, Simeone has found recipes for victories this season, and the winning series is expected to continue. The guests were defeated at home by Barca 2:3, they are in position number nine and can be satisfied with the current campaign.
January 9th, 2021 – 16:15
Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Betting Tips & Predictions
Reason for Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Predictions
The home side is in a strong position to win their first La Liga title since 2014. They lead Real Madrid by two points and Barcelona by five but with two games in hand on their rivals. Their most recent match saw them win 2-1 at Alaves thanks to a 90th-minute winner from Luis Suarez. Midweek saw them suffer a shock cup defeat at Cornella but fielding a much-weakened line-up. They return to La Liga looking to maintain their impressive home league record. Atletico has the best home record in La Liga this season. They aren’t just scoring plenty of goals (17 in eight) but excellent in defense with only two goals conceded. The last seven home league fixtures have seen just one goal put past the Atletico defense. Joao Felix enjoys the pitch, and when he receives the ball and goes towards the goal, the opponent has problems. He is strong, and it is challenging to keep this guy. Diego Simeone seeks responsibility in every game, and it doesn’t matter who the opponent is. The players have to do their best, which is why he is one of the best coaches in the world.
Athletic Bilbao was in action in La Liga on Wednesday but lost 3-2 at home to Barcelona. Despite taking a third minute lead in that game, they now have just one win in the last four. While Atletico has a great home record, Bilbao is struggling on their travels. They have just one away league victory this season, with five out of nine being lost. Their only win was at Eibar, who have just one home league win so far. Bilbao has drawn three of the last four on their travels. They led in three of those matches, so their season could be very different if holding on to those winning positions. With the second-worst away record in La Liga, they are going to struggle in this game. Iker Muniain has excellent control of the ball, and he can play in several positions. Asier Villalibre enjoys the pitch, and when he receives the ball and heads towards the goal, the opponent has problems. He does great in the penalty area.
Atletico Madrid is playing great this season, they are the favorite in this match, and we expect them to keep up the pace and win this game.
The prediction for this match is under 2.5 goals at FT. The hosts have a rock-solid defense, while the visitors are not that efficient.