Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Betting Tips
Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao
Jan 14th 15:00
- Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao (Both Teams To Score - Yes)
- Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao (Over/Under - Over 2.5)
- Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao (Anytime Goalscorer - Benzema, K)
Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao will meet on Thursday night in the Supercopa de Espana. The Supercopa de Espana is once again a four-team competition with Real Sociedad and Barcelona competing in the other semifinal in the competition. Real Madrid are the reigning La Liga champions while Athletic Bilbao qualified for the 2020 Copa del Rey Final versus Real Sociedad. That final was postponed until this spring. The winner of the match on Thursday night will meet with the winner of the other semifinal on Sunday in Seville for the Supercopa de Espana trophy.
Zinedine Zidane’s team go into the semifinal in good form. Los Blancos are unbeaten in their last six matches in the Spanish top flight and sit one point back of Atletico Madrid as it stands. Atletico Madrid do have three games in hand due to postponements, however.
Athletic Bilbao are an inconsistent side and recently changed managers. Gaizka Garitano was sacked following a 1-0 win against Elche. Former Valencia boss Marcelino was hired and suffered defeat in his first match in charge versus Barcelona, 3-2. The Lions’ match that was scheduled last weekend versus Atletico Madrid was postponed due to weather.
An Athletic Bilbao win in the semifinal would be a big surprise. Real Madrid won the Supercopa de Espana in 2020. Can they do it once more?
Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Betting Odds
Real Madrid are unbeaten in six straight league matches. One of those victories was a 3-1 victory versus Athletic Bilbao. Real Madrid are favourite to pick up a win on Thursday in the semifinal. Leading sportsbooks have Los Blancos at odds of 5/7 to win at full-time. Real Madrid are unbeaten in 11 straight matches against Athletic Bilbao in all competitions. Seven of those 11 matches finished in wins for Zidane’s team.
Athletic Bilbao are the decided underdogs going into the fixture on Thursday night. They are at odds of 9/2 to win a full-time according to leading sportsbooks. The Lions have not defeated Real Madrid since the 2014-15 season. Eleven matches have been played since that time without a victory.
Marcelino’s team – then coached by Garitano – did go to Madrid and claim a nil-nil draw at full-time. Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao are at odds of 3/1 to finish the match in a stalemate. Four of the last 11 matches between these sides in all competitions ended in draws.
With Real Madrid chasing Atletico Madrid in the title race, the timing of the Supercopa de Espana comes at the wrong time. Athletico Madrid could pull away in the race for the league title this week with Real Madrid forced to play two additional matches.
Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Team News
Real Madrid manager Zidane will hope to limit any injuries and fitness issues. Zidane needs his players fit for the second half of the season with a title fight potentially unfolding. One player that looks likely to leave Madrid this month is striker Luka Jovic. The Serbian was signed from Eintracht Frankfurt in 2019 for €60 million. He has failed to make a mark at the club and now could be set for a loan to West Ham.
With Jovic set to leave, reports of Real Madrid stepping up their pursuit of Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe are making the rounds. It is claimed Real Madrid will pay £200m for Mbappe but questions remain about where they would get the money in such difficult COVID-19 affected times. The only other injury listed at Real Madrid currently is that of winger Rodrygo. He is nursing a hamstring injury and is listed as a doubt to appear in the fixture.
Athletic Bilbao still have the same three fitness issues they have had over the last couple of weeks. Unai Lopez Cabrera, Yeray Alveraz, and Peru Nolaskoain are all three on the injury list for Marcelino. The trio is a doubt for the game on Thursday night. When these teams met in Madrid in December, Raul Garcia was sent off on 13 minutes after receiving a second yellow card. Ander Capa got the team’s only goal.
Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction
Both teams to score: YES @ 9/10 - BET NOW
Seven of the last 11 matches between these clubs finished with both teams finding the back of the net. Real Madrid maybe winning matches, but they do give up goals to opponents. Three of Los Blancos’ last six matches in La Liga saw both teams score. Their match from December ended with both clubs finding the back of the net and could do it once more.
Karim Benzema to score anytime @ 23/20 - BET NOW
Karim Benzema has cooled off in recent weeks and hasn’t scored in his last three league matches for Real Madrid. Still, Benzema is one of the greatest Real Madrid strikers of all-time and has eight goals in 16 matches this season. When these teams met in December, Benzema scored two of Real Madrid’s three goals. The Frenchman has scored 13 goals in 19 career matches versus Athletic Bilbao.
Over 2.5 goals scored @ 10/11 - BET NOW
Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao combined for over 2.5 goals in their match back in December. If Athletic Bilbao can keep all 11 players on the pitch – for at least the entire first half – they should put in a better overall performance. Fifteen of the last 22 matches between Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao finished with over 2.5 goals scored in all competitions. These sides should once again put goals into the back of the net.
The wildcard going into this game is Athletic Bilbao’s new manager, Marcelino. He likes an intense, in-your-face style of football. He has now had time to get his tactics across, but have the players bought in to them? Real Madrid should win this semifinal on paper. If Marcelino has got his message across to his players, then Athletic Club will make life difficult for the capital club.
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