Can Athletic Bilbao end its losing streak to Atletico Madrid?
The host has always been at the losing end whenever they go against Atletico. It seemed like they find it hard to spot opportunities that could have gained them the points.
Out of their last six matches, the best result that they could afford was an even steven finish. In addition, they could hardly score two goals when they are up against the visitors.
Under this context, it can be inferred that a clean sheet is less likely to materialize since Athletic Bilbao has always managed to score a point, except that they always fell short during crunch time. Moreover, it is important to consider the fact that they are playing in their own territory, where they have the utmost advantage.
Athletic is yet to drop points at San Mames. They are undefeated in the last eight matches that were performed in their own turf. But their team current team form is a bit problematic as they are winless four of their last six matches. In addition, their last two encounters resulted in a draw.
Meanwhile, it is evident that Atletico Madrid (2.08) is the ultimate favorite in the match. As mentioned, Athletic has never won against them. Yet, what is more important is they average at least two goals in their previous games. Thus, going for a correct score of 1-2 (9.99) is a profitable bet.
The squad has also kept a clean sheet in five of its last six matches and secured three straight wins. However, a clean sheet, as mentioned cannot be expected. In this aspect, going for an over 2.5 bet (2.46) is also a good choice.
Date: 22 January 2017
Venue: San Mames
*All odds may change without prior notice