Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Martin Green

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 5:44 PM UTC

Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 5:44 PM UTC

Recent history suggests a home win...
<div><div><div><div id=":oe"><div id=":od"><div dir="ltr"><h2>Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao</h2><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Saturday, October 26, at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium</strong></a></p><p>Atletico Madrid returned to winning ways when a late strike from Alvaro Morata earned them a 1-0 victory over Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday. They have drawn four of their last five games in La Liga and that has seen them lose significant ground on title rivals Barcelona. Diego Simeone will be desperate for them to take all three points on Saturday, and they have a great chance against a stuttering Athletic Bilbao side. Los Leones have taken just two points from their last four games, and they lost 1-0 against struggling Celta Vigo in their last away match, so Atletico Madrid should win this one.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Wunderkind Joao Felix has been sidelined for three weeks after picking up an injury. That inspired Simeone to bring Angel Correa into the team for the game against Bayer Leverkusen, supporting Diego Costa in attack. They were struggling to break down the tough Leverkusen defence, so Simeone threw on Thomas Lemar and Morata, and it paid off. Both of those players will be pushing to start against Bilbao, ahead of Correa and Hector Herrera. Stefan Savic is out for a month, and Felipe partnered Jose Gimenez in defence against Bayer Leverkusen, but Mario Hermoso provides Simeone with another option.</p><p><img alt src="" style="width:100%" /></p><p>Left-back Yuri Berchiche and right-winger Ibai Gomez are out for Athletic Bilbao, but Gaizka Garitano has no fresh injury concerns. The key men in this team are centre-backs Inigo Martinez and Yaray Alvarez, captain Iker Muniain and forward Inaki Williams, and that quartet should start against Atletico Madrid. Martinez scored a second-half own-goal in a disappointing 1-1 home draw against Valladolid at the weekend, and he will be keen to make amends in this game, but Costa is a handful, so he will have his work cut out.</p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>Atletico Madrid have won their last four home games against Athletic Bilbao and they should be able to extend that run on Saturday. The odds on an outright home win in this game are pretty compelling, and you can add in a goals caveat if you want more value. It will not be easy for Atletico, but they typically get the job done at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, and Athletic Bilbao are in poor form right now.</p><p><strong>Tips: <a href=";a=95095aa3-ae41-43ba-886d-99a97893c4a3&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Boyle Sports">Atletico Madrid to win at 1.75 (3/4) with Boyle Sports</a>; <a href=";a=3e56a0bf-7bdf-4fe1-b9a6-d22c7cc3dd2c&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Betway">Atletico and under 3.5 goals at 2.10 (11/10) with Betway</a></strong></p></div></div></div></div></div></div>
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