Atletico Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao
September 18, 2021 10:15 am EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 +130, Under 2.5 -163
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Atletico Madrid is hosting Athletic Bilbao at Wanda Metropolitano in round 5 of the Spanish LaLiga. Atletico is on a solid start of the season, they have 10 points, and they are still undefeated so far. Bilbao is also undefeated in LaLiga so far, but they haven’t been scoring a lot of goals.
Atletico hasn’t lost any of their last 5 games, including their last game against Porto in the Champions League earlier this week. That game has ended in a 0-0 draw. As far as LaLiga goes, Atletico has 3 wins and a draw, and they have scored in each of their four games so far. Correa is the leading goalscorer for Atletico with 3 goals, while Suarez, Carrasco, and Lemar have each added 1 goal. Atletico was playing against Espanyol on the road in their last LaLiga game, and they have had 58% of ball possession, 3 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and 85% of the correct passes. After losing at halftime, it took a while for Atletico to tie the score, but they did it in the 79th minute, while they scored another goal in the 99th minute, and they have won this game 1-2. The offense is working for Atletico right now, but they need to step up on the defensive end because they will need it this season.
Bilbao is now on a 2-game winning streak in LaLiga, and their offense is slowly improving. Defensively, Bilbao doesn’t allow a lot of chances against them, and they have conceded only 1 goal so far. In their last game against Mallorca at home, Bilbao was solid with 48% of ball possession, 5 shots on goal, 7 corner kicks, 4 big chances created, and 74% of the correct passes. This was a tough game for both teams, but with 2 scored goals in the second half, Bilbao has won this game 2-0. Williams has scored 2 goals for Athletic Bilbao so far this season. we could say that Athletic Bilbao not playing in Europe is a good thing for them, and I think it is because they don’t have the depth to compete in multiple competitions, but I think they will need more offense if they want to stay this high in the standings.
When playing at home, Atletico Madrid hasn’t lost to Bilbao in their last 11 games. Both teams are in solid form, but overall, Atletico is the better team here, and I think they will get a win here, a hard win, but a win.