With their 5th game of the season upon them, Athletico Madric is 20/1 to win The Primera Liga (the third best odds behind Barcelona and Real Madrid), and Athletic Bilbao are 200/1. But with their match up this weekend, they come in 5th and 6th place respectively. How will this tight competition play out on the pitch?
Athletic Bilbao – (12/5)
Athletico Madrid – (5/4)
Draw – (11/5)
Goal Over/Under – 2.5
Over – (7/5)
Under – (8/15)
Both Teams to Score
Yes – (1/1)
No – (3/4)
Coming in, both teams are seeing their fair share of success. Athletico Madrid are 2-2-0 and have a goal difference of +5 with 8 scored over 4 games. Athletic Bilbao are 2-1-1 with 3 goals scored and a difference of +2. Not the biggest deal, but whats of note is that with a win either team could leapfrog Real Madrid. Being ahead of such a power house is huge, because as long as they keep winning they will stay ahead of Ronaldo and company. So you can bet both teams will be playing hard.
Athletico is the favorite to take the Wednesday win, but you can read in to their stats in two different ways. So far their 8 goals have been spread across 6 players, which is either a great example of a balanced offense, or that they have no defined threats on the attack. Antoine Griezmann, Yannick Carrasco, José Giménez all tallied double digit goals, but only have one each thus far.
On the other side, Athletic Bilbao is sitting right where they finished last year. With two double digit goal scorers last season, only Aritz Aduriz has picked up where he left off with 2 of Bilbao’s 3 goals. If anyone will score it should be him, although theres a solid chance nobody puts one in at all.
Athletic Bilbao 0 – 2 Athletico Madrid
With Athletico fielding such a sound squad, it seems unlikely that they faulter against a Bilbao club that can’t seem to string together a solid attack. Not to mention Atheltico Madrid overtaking Real Madrid is a legitimate situation, where Athletic Bilbao would be seriously overachieving.
Look for Madrid’s odds (5/4), under 2.5 (8/15), and No on Both teams scoring (3/4) all to hit.