The clash between two teams with the different ambitions.
Athletic Bilbao is standing at the 4th position and their main goal is to keep that position which leads in qualifications for Champions League.
On the other side, Real Madrid will be fully motivated to win this match and try to reach the first position, because Barca failed to win Valencia (2-3). But, it won’t be easy.
Athletic Bilbao play very good this season, especially at home. They are without defeat at home this season (9-2-0). Attacker Gaizka Toquero (6/0) is the only absence for home side.
In Real Madrid squad, Raphael Varane (4/0 d), Sami Khedira (11/1 m) and Fábio Coentrão (4/0 d) are all injured, while Gareth Bale (14/8 m) is doubtful.
Real is in a great run with 11 wins in a row in all competitions. Their attack is good on paper, but they are not scoring too much. On their last 7 matches they scored more than two goals only on one match and it was a win over Betis (0-5).
On the other side, their defence is very confident. They didn’t concede a single goal in January on 9 matches in all competitions.
Athletic Bilbao would be satisfied with one point, so I don’t expect that they will attack from the first minute.
I expect maximum 3 goals on this match.
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid Betting Tip: under 3.5 goals @ 1.8
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