La Liga: Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao preview, team news, prediction and tips - Smart Bettors Club
La Liga: Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao preview, team news, prediction and tips
September 17
Football

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Atletico Madrid will lock horns with Athletic Bilbao in the La Liga matchday 5 at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday. The kick-off is at 16:15 CEST.

Preview

Atletico remain unbeaten in their 2021/22 title defending season in the Spanish top flight as they have beaten Celta, Elche and Espanyol while drawing Villarreal in the opening four matchdays. Thus, Diego Simeone's men are now third in the La Liga table, level on points with runners-up Valencia and leaders Real Madrid - 10. What's more, the Rojiblancos will welcome Athletic to the Spanish capital on the back of a goalless draw with Porto in their Champions League group stage opener on Wednesday.

The Basques, for their part, are also yet to suffer a single defeat in the current La Liga season as Marcelino's side have beaten Celta and Mallorca following back-to-back draws with Elche and Barcelona. As a result, Athletic are now fifth in the standings, just two points behind their forthcoming opponents.

Team news

Simeone has a fully fit squad at his disposal while Marcelino will have to cope with the absence of Yeray Alvarez, Aitor Paredes, Peru Nolaskoain and Yuri Berchiche who remain on the sidelines.

Prediction

Each side have claimed two wins and a draw in their previous five head-to-head meetings, including Athletic's 2-1 victory over Atletico in April. Therefore, this clash would be an extremely hard to call one. Nevertheless, the hosts appear to be in their finest form right now with Antoine Griezmann on board who returned from Barcelona on loan with an option to buy last month. Hence, we do expect Simeone's crop to gain revenge on the Basques for April's loss at San Mames this time around.

Tip

Atletico Madrid to win and total under 3.5 at 2.15 with 1XBET.


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