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Atletico Madrid on the hunt for three more points vs struggling Athletic Bilbao

Antoine Griezmann Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Betting Odds Preview La Liga soccer Spain

Diego Simeone and his Atletico Madrid have a perfect chance to build on their excellent recent home form and cut Barcelona’s lead at the top of the table – temporarily, at least – to just a single point. Atletico takes on Athletic Bilbao on Saturday knowing that a win can take them up to second in the table, while the visitors desperately need some points on the board to put some distance between themselves and the relegation zone.

SHARK BITES
  • Atletico Madrid has won its last three home matches in the league without conceding a goal.
  • Athletic Bilbao has not won any of their last six outings in La Liga.
  • Atletico Madrid has won 17 of the last 26 meetings between these two teams.

Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Game Center

Atletico has crucial chance to climb table

At home, in front of their own fans and in excellent form on their own patch. Atletico Madrid looks to be finding its stride this season and must show it with a ruthless streak when Athletic Bilbao comes to town this Saturday, desperately out of form and shorn of confidence.

Atletico has lost just once in La Liga and boasts the best defensive record in the division, having conceded just six goals in 11 games so far. Scoring goals has been their biggest problem – Celta Vigo, down in 11th, has scored seven more goals than Atletico.

Athletic Bilbao, in comparison, has won just once in 11 league outings to date and hovers outside the relegation zone with just a one-point safety cushion. They cannot come into this game with anything approaching positivity.

And it is indeed Atletico that comes into this match as the red-hot favorite to take all three points. You can back Simeone’s side to pick up the win at just -223, while Athletic is all the way out at +750 to do the same. A draw is priced in the middle at +280.

A stress-free evening for Atletico

As mentioned above, scoring goals has been an issue for Atletico so far this season, but we are expecting them to do a little better in that department this weekend. It is never easy trying to predict the exact scoreline of any game, but a comprehensive 3-0 win for Atletico is priced competitively at +850.

Such a result would then allow you to back OVER 2.5 goals in the game, which comes in at +150, and a “No” to both teams scoring, which is priced very short at just -225. Therefore, in an attempt to increase your potential earnings from this encounter, it would be wise to consider combo betting, where you can select multiple outcomes in exchange for higher odds.

For example, an Atletico win combined with a “No” to both teams scoring is at +100, while a home win and OVER 2.5 goals in the game sees that price rise to +187. A total of UNDER two goals in the game is at +162, while the price drops to +100 for two or three goals.

Griezmann to strike again?

France striker Antoine Griezmann is likely to be Atletico’s best chance of a breakthrough on Saturday. The World Cup winner was on the scoresheet as the Spanish side defeated Borussia Dortmund in the UEFA Champions League earlier this week, and he is priced at +110 to score at any time during the game and +300 to get the first goal of the night, just as he did against Dortmund.

This should be a night of very few concerns for Atletico, with the club from the capital priced at just +100 to win to nil (without Athletic Bilbao scoring a goal). In addition, they are at +175 to score in both halves and the slightly higher price of +300 to go out and win both halves – as they managed against Borussia in European competition.

Atletico is unlikely to blow this chance to climb the table and put pressure on defending league champions Barcelona. Athletic, on the other hand, will be plunged further into the relegation mire.

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