Athletic Bilbao vs. Atletico Madrid Predictions

Prediction, Odds & Betting Tips for Athletic Bilbao vs. Atletico Madrid at Copa del Rey

  • Where: San Mames, Bilbao, Spain
  • When: Friday, March 01, 04:30 AM

Spanish Copa del Rey is always a treat to watch and bet on as well. Right now, we are in the semis, and this meeting is the second leg, with Bilbao having a minimal 1-0 lead. Atletico Madrid needs to come out firing on all cylinders; otherwise, they will lose a nice chance to battle for at least one trophy this season.

Athletic Bilbao vs. Atletico Madrid

Athletic Bilbao vs. Atletico Madrid Predictions

Athletic Bilbao

Bilbao is in excellent shape, losing only one game in the last 21 appearances. That’s something that went under the radar for many bettors and analysts. Since losing to Valencia on the road, 1-0, this unit played six games, not losing a single one, winning in four, and posting two ties.

Among others, they beat Barcelona in the Copa del Rey quarterfinals, 4-2, following extra times. Last weekend, the team from Basque beat Girona 3-2, which was another proof of their incredible form. 

Hard and rock-solid defense is the main strength of this unit, which often records clean sheets. Until the contest against Girona, they had five in a row, and over their fantastic stretch, the majority of games played ended with Bilbao keeping its net intact. 

Atletico Madrid

The Mattress Makers had a very nice start to the new calendar year, but that momentum is gone now. Only one win in the five latest games, three of them losses, shows us that the team from Wanda Metropolitan lost its pace.

Those three losses were against Bilbao, Sevilla, and Inter Milan, and each ended with the same result: 1-0. The reasonable assumption is that the cause for all the defeats is poor offense. And really, the team from Madrid did have serious trouble up front, with all the players failing to deliver, even in the moments when they had chances to score.

Atletico lost the last two road games and has had five defeats in the previous nine road trips, so they aren’t doing well away from Wanda Metropolitan. Simeone needs to find something to wake his players ahead of the most important game of the year.

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Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid Predictions

Athletic Bilbao possible starting lineup:

Simon; De Marcos, Yeray, Paredes, Yuri; Ruiz de Galarreta, Vesga; I Williams, Sancet, N Williams; Guruzeta

Atletico Madrid possible starting lineup:

Oblak; Molina, Witsel, Savic, Hermoso, Lino; De Paul, Koke, Vermeeren; Morata, Correa

Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid Predictions

The first leg saw Bilbao’s away win, 0-1, with the sole scorer being Berenguer in the first half. Bilbao won the La Liga contest as well, 2-0, only that game was played at San Mames. 

Athletic Bilbao vs. Atletico Madrid Predictions

Bilbao’s trademark this year is hard defense and defensive-minded tactics. Atletico has problems of its own when it comes to scoring, and despite them having to attack, we don’t believe this game will open and see more than two goals. 

Our verdict: Under 2.5 goals

Athletic Bilbao versus Atletico Madrid Predictions

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