Real Madrid 7-2-3, Athletic Bilbao 4-2-6
12/15/20 4 pm
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Real Madrid is hosting Athletic Bilbao at Estadio Alfredo di Stefano in round 19 in the Spanish LaLiga.
Real Madrid has had a fantastic last week, and they have won their Champions League group, while also winning their last 2 LaLiga games in a row. During this streak, Real Madrid has scored 5 goals while conceding 0 goals. After their win this past weekend, Real Madrid has climbed the standings to 3rd place with 23 points, 19 scored goals, and 12 conceded goals so far. Real was hosting Atletico Madrid in their last LaLiga game, and they were the better team with 56% of ball possession, 3 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and a high 90% of the correct passes. With 1 scored goal in each half, Real Madrid has deservedly won this game 2-0. Benzema is still the leading goalscorer for Real with 4 goals, while Valverde added 3 goals. Rodrygo and Benzema each have 3 assists. Hazard, Jovic, Odegaard, and Diaz are all injured, while Casemiro is suspended because of the yellow cards. Real Madrid has survived their crisis from a couple of weeks ago, and they are filled with confidence after their winning streak. Despite the injuries, Real Madrid is a dangerous team, and they will be extremely hard to beat.
Bilbao is struggling at the moment, and they have won only 2 of their last 6 games while losing 2 games. With only 14 points, 14 scored goals, and 14 conceded goals so far, Athletic Bilbao is in 13th place in the LaLiga standings. In their latest game in LaLiga against Valencia on the road, Athletic was the better team with 61% of ball possession, 5 shots on goal, 10 corner kicks, 2 big chances created, and 78% of the correct passes. Valencia was leading 1-0 at halftime, but Bilbao turned the score around by the 79th minute. In the 83rd minute, Bilbao conceded another goal, and this game ended in a 2-2 draw. Athletic Bilbao is now on a 3-game streak without a win during which they conceded 5 goals while scoring 3 goals. Berenguer, Lopez, Muniain, Williams, and Villalibre have each scored 2 goals for Bilbao, while Berchiche and Williams have each added 2 assists. Nolaskoain is the only injured player for Bilbao. Athletic Bilbao is a decent team, but they will never reach the Champions League with their rules for players, and the Europa League is their maximum.
When playing at home, Real Madrid has not lost to Athletic in their last 16 games, and Real Madrid is in much better form. With their 3-game winning streak, Real is filled with confidence, and their form is great on both ends. I’m taking Real Madrid at home.