Athletic Bilbao v Real Madrid Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 15th September
Catello Cuomo (@CatelloCuomo3) previews Athletic Bilbao v Real Madrid and provides us with his best bets for this La Liga clash, analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Athletic Bilbao v Real Madrid Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 15/09/18
- Time: 19:45
- Venue: Estadio San Mamés
- Channel: Eleven Sports
There still seems to be life after Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane left Real Madrid over the Summer. Julen Lopetegui replaced Zidane as manager and although Ronaldo hasn’t been replaced as such, a fit and firing Gareth Bale and a clinical Karim Benzema have helped the Los Blancos faithful to try and forget their former star.
Lopetegui was sacked by Spain even before a ball was kicked at the World Cup in Russia. The Spanish FA did not take kindly to the negotiations that were conducted without their knowledge and made the move to sack him. Cristiano Ronaldo made the move from Real Madrid to Juventus in July for a fee of 100m Euros; the highest fee ever payed for a player who is over 30. His goals would undoubtedly leave a void in a side that have won the last 3 Champions League’s, or would it.
Lopetegui’s Madrid have started the league season well, and after tasting defeat to City rivals Atletico Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup, they have won all 3 league games. Two 4-1 victories and a 2-0 victory in their season opener to Getafe, the goals have not been an issue. Gareth Bale ended the season well last term scoring 7 in 4 starts, including 2 goals as a sub in the Champions League final against Liverpool. He’s picked up where he left off and after a solid pre-season he has scored 3 in 3 league games and also scored for Wales during the International break. Alongside Bale, Karim Benzema, seems a different player this season having gone one better and bagging 4 goals so far this season. The Frenchman had only scored 16 in his last 61 league games for Real Madrid but now without Ronaldo in the team, maybe he is making the most of this opportunity to be the scorer that they thought they may have missed this season.
Athletic Bilbao are renowned for developing their own talents and stick to strict policy of owning signing Basque players. Considering this and the restrictions that this comes with this policy, they, along with Real Madrid and Barcelona, have never been relegated from the top division since its inception in 1929; that is some achievement. However, they didnt perform well last season and had their worst finish for 12 years. They picked up just 10 wins during the season and ended the season with 6 losses in their last 10 games, this resulted in the club parting ways with former manager, Zigander. Bilbao hired former Celta and Sevilla manager Eduardo Berizzo in the hope of challenging much higher up in the league this season. The former assistant to Marcelo Bielsa has made a steady start in the league so far, beating Leganes at the San Mamés 2-1 but drew against newly promoted Huesca 2-2. They saw their away trip to Rayo Vallecano postponed due to security concerns over Rayo’s stadium.
They met twice last season with both games finishing as draws. They played out a 0-0 draw here last season which saw Sergio Ramos pick up 2 bookings and received his marching orders in the 86th minute.
Lekue remains absent with an ankle injury and Aduriz could be a doubt with a muscle injury for Bilbao
Real Madrid have no major concerns
Potential Athletic Bilbao Starting XI: Simon, de Marcos, Alvarez, Martinez, Berchiche, Garcia, Iturraspe, Muniain, Garcia, Susaeta, Williams
Potential Real Madrid Starting XI: Courtois, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Casemiro, Modric, Isco, Benzema, Bale
Head To Head
- Since 2000, they have faced each other 41 times with Real Madrid picking up 29 wins, Bilbao 8 and the 4 remaining games finishing as draws.
- In these 41 games there has only been one 0-0 draw and that came in their game at the San Mamés last season.
- Real Madrid have won 6 of their last 10 games away to Bilbao, scoring at least 2 goals in each victory.
- There has only been 3 draws in the last 20 games between these teams when Bilbao have been at home.
- A total of 12 yellows and 1 red was shown across their 2 games last season.
Key Stats & Facts
- Since firing a blank against Real Madrid at home last season, Bilbao scored in 13 of the last 16 games.
- Gareth Bale has now scored 14 goals in his last 16 games.
- Last season, Bilbao’s home games averaged 5 yellows a match and it is the same when Real Madrid played away.
- Athletic Bilbao 4/1
- Draw 73/20
- Real Madrid 3/5
I have no doubt that Bilbao will perform better this season compared to last and the signs are already there. Real Madrid have made a flying start and will look to improve on their impressive record against Bilbao. Sparks fly when these 2 teams meet and that is apparent in the card count. In their past 4 meetings there have been 22 yellows and 1 red and in the last 10 at Bilbao there have been a total of 69 yellows and 5 reds shown. Dani Carvajal has picked up a card in each of his last 4 games against Bilbao and has picked up 24 in his last 51 league games. I cant see past a Madrid win, but i like the look of it getting a little feisty too.