Athletic Club have always been strong when playing at their turf, San Mames in Bilbao. But, will that be enough for them to get anything out of this Saturday’s La Liga duel with Real Madrid? Find out in this Athletic Club vs Real Madrid match preview, at the end of which are a couple of very useful betting tips!
The team from Bilbao has played only two games so far, one less than most of the teams in La Liga. The reason is that the duel with Rayo Vallecano scheduled for the 1st September was postponed. What this means is that Athletic Club haven’t played a single match for nearly three weeks. That can be a really big problem for them, especially considering that in-form Real Madrid are coming to town.
However, Athletic Club are famous for being a very tough nut to crack when playing against stronger teams, especially when the games are taking place at San Mames. Okay, Athletic Club want to forget the last season, when they finished just a few spots above the relegation one. But, in the seasons before, this team had been really powerful at the home turf.
Unfortunately, their record with the teams from the Spanish capital hasn’t been that impressive. This goes double for Real Madrid, who have won most of the games played at San Mames in this decade. Nevertheless, you can be sure Athletic are gonna try to give Los Blancos a run for their money this Saturday evening.
Cristiano Ronaldo is gone but Los Blancos don’t seem to mind. The players that stayed in the club have been playing amazing. Although only three rounds have passed in La Liga, Real Madrid have won every single game. And they did it pretty convincingly. Therefore, their goal difference after three games is 10:2.
What may worry their fans is that Real are playing in the Champions League next week against Roma, so the players might not be too focused on their league obligations. On top of that, some of Los Blancos players might feel tired after featuring in the UEFA Nations League matches.
Speaking of which, I think that playing in the Nations League has actually done wonders for the confidence and morale of Real Madrid players. Several of Real Madrid men played in the duel between Spain and Croatia, which La Roja won 6:0. I’m talking about the players like Asensio, Ceballos, and Isco, who were sensational in that match. I’m sure they can’t wait to showcase their talents in La Liga as well.
Of course, despite being great on the international stage, none of these three guys is the crucial Real Madrid player this season. The man who’s expected to lead the team to glory in 2018/2019 is Gareth Bale. The Welshman has scored 3 goals already and is expected to be the most dangerous Los Blancos’ player on Saturday.
- Aduriz (injury)
- Lekue (injury)
- Dani Ceballos (injury)
Unai Simón – Nolaskoain, Alvarez, De Marcos, Yuri – Dani Garcia, Raul Garcia, Muniain, Cordoba, Susaeta – Williams
Courtos – Ramos, Varane, Carvajal, Marcelo – Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, Isco, Asensio – Bale
Athletic Club vs Real Madrid Match Prediction
Real Madrid appear unstoppable to me. I think that even the teams that are much better than Athletic Club would have problems snatching even a single point off Los Blancos. No other scenario apart from an easy away win seems plausible to me.
Athletic Club vs Real Madrid Betting Tips
- Real Madrid @1.57 (William Hill)
- HT/FT 2/2 @2.35 (Unibet)