Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid / La Liga – If we judge by the teams name it can be said that this is the most attractive match of the 28th round, although it is of no bigger significance. Athletic has left the crisis behind, just like the drop zone despite not winning in two previous rounds. Atletico occupies the second place and will very likely stay there, while it was eliminated from the Champions League this week. Atletico won their head-to-head played in Madrid in the first part of season by 3-2.
Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid begins 16.03.2019 at 18:30 CET
Having nine points more than teams in the drop zone gives so much needed peace of mind to Athletico after long lasting concern about their future in La Liga. They were in the drop zone but then they finally kicked into higher gear. Still, Athletic failed to win in two previous rounds after being defeated in Valenica 2-0 and drew with Espanyol at home in the previous round. They were trailing behind but Raul Garcia managed to equalise 10 minutes before the final whistle. Stopper I. Martinez got the fifth yellow card and cannot play now. Nunez will replace him, and perhaps Ibai Gomez might get chance too.
Probable lineups Athletic Bilbao: Herrerin – de Marcos, Yeray, Nunez, Berchiche – San Jose, Dani Garcia – Ibai Gomez, Raul Garcia, Muniain – Williams
Atletico belongs to group of teams for which we can say that the season is practically over. The end is marked with elimination from the Champions League where they dropped a great chance after winning Juventus 2-0 at home. In the 2nd leg Atletico focused solely on defending its goal. They hoped that tactic would work but it isn’t and they were eliminated after losing 3-0. Before match in Turin they had five-game winning streak with a clean sheet, which was a nice achievement. Now, they have to find inner motive, while the team will be refreshed with new names.
Probable lineups Atletico Madrid: Oblak – Juanfran, Gimenez, Godin, Saul Niguez – Thomas, Koke, Vitolo, Correa – Griezmann, D. Costa
Athletic Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid PICK
Under some other circumstance it would be logical to expect a hard game with few goals but since the stake is low the match could turn into an efficient one. Athletic wants to prove itself in front of its fans, while Atletico wants to improve image after elimination from the Champions League and weak performances in Turin.
Pick: over 2 goals
Odds: 2.09 at bethard (down to 1.99 can be played)
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