Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid 4/30/22 LaLiga Soccer Pick, Predictions, Odds
Athletic Bilbao vs. Atletico Madrid
April 30, 2022 3:00 pm EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 +137, Under 2.5 -175
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Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid are clashing at San Mames in round 34 of the Spanish LaLiga. Bilbao is in the solid form right now, they are close to the Europa League spot, but they don’t have a lot of offense this season. Atletico Madrid is on the Champions League spot right now, but they have been hot and cold lately.
Bilbao has only 1 loss in their last 4 games, but they haven’t been scoring a lot, and they can be happy a lot of teams are underperforming this season. with 48 points, Bilbao is now in 8th place, they are only 4 points away from the Conference League spot, and they are 7 points away from the Europa League spot. Defensively, Bilbao has been solid as usual with only 34 conceded goals, but their offense hasn’t been producing a lot, only 39 goals in 33 games. Yes, this is an average of slightly over 1 scored goal per game, but that is not nearly enough for the Champions League spot. With only 7 scored goals, Williams is the leading goalscorer for Bilbao, while Muniain has added 9 assists. There aren’t many injured players in Bilbao as of right now. The schedule is getting easier for Bilbao after this game, and that will certainly help them qualify for Europe.
Atletico is now undefeated in their last 2 LaLiga games, but they need to keep going because Betis is only 4 points away from them. As of right now, Atletico is in 4th place with 61 points, which is the Champions League spot, but they have a few tough games to play by the end of the season. Felix, Lemar, and Gimenez are all injured, and that is bad because all 3 of these players would be in the starting lineup. Suarez and Correa have scored 11 goals each for Atletico so far this season. Carrasco and Correa have added 5 assists each. As I’ve mentioned, Atletico has some tough games left to play this season, and with their shaky form, I don’t think they can win them all, but I think if they win just a few points, Atletico will qualify for the Champions League. There is a lot of talent in this team, and it’s shame they are focusing only on defense.
I have a feeling this will be an all out war on the pitch, and we will see a ton of fouls and cards. Atletico has a bit more offense here, but Bilbao has been better defensively. I see the draw in this one.