Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid / La Liga – This is one of the two derbies in the 4th round of La Liga, which will be played in Basque this Saturday between two old rivals Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid. Both teams are undefeated at the start of the season, with the proviso that Athletic played two games in which they recorded a draw and a win, while Real has a maximum of three wins. It is interesting that both last season‘s duels of these rivals ended without a winner and it was unusual that there were a small number of goals in those games.
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid begins 15.09.2018 at 20:45 CET
Even though they were undefeated in the first two rounds that they played at the beginning of the championship, they cannot be very satisfied in Bilbao. Athletic was the host on both occasions and the y had good rivals, so everyone expected they would win all six points. Instead, they made one very happy victory and one draw in a practically won situation. First, Athletic welcomed the team of Leganes, and it seemed that the match would end unresolved, and then Muniain has scored a winning goal for 2-1 in the injury time.
In the second round, Athletic has welcomed a new member of La Liga, Huesca, and they were an even bigger favourite, which they justified in the first half of the game when they took the lead of 2-0. And instead of ending that match calmly, they received two goals, the second one in the finish for 2-2. So, in both duels they scored two goals, however, they did not manage to keep their net intact. Their first goalkeeper Herrerin, center-back I.Martinez and striker Aduriz are having problems with injuries, but they should all be ready.
Probable lineups Athletic Bilbao: Herrerin – de Marcos, I.Martinez, Nunez, Y.Berchiche – Dani Garcia, Iturraspe – M.Susaeta, Muniain, Raul Garcia – Williams
Looking only at the championship, the start was quite expected for Real and there were no negative surprises. What is not good is that they before the start of La Liga lost a duel in the European Super Cup from their city rival Atletico and it was always painful, but it did not reflect on the atmosphere of the team. Real has done a routine job in the first three rounds against rivals who are not of the same calibre, with the proviso that they last season lost points against a team of similar quality. This time they have mastered Getafe with 2-0, with half the strength.
There were fewer problems in Girona, because they first received a goal, and then scored four. Real had similar problems against Leganes at home in the last round and it was 1-1 at half-time, but then a brilliant second part and again a triumph with 4-1. The first real test was this hosting at San Mames and they do not have injury problems, while their offensive players Bale, Benzema and Asensio are showing great form, and goalkeeper Courtois had his debut.
Probable lineups Real Madrid: Courtois – Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo – T.Kroos, Modrić, Isco – Asensio, Benzema, Bale
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid PICK
Athletic is already third time in front of their supporters, but they have not actually shown much so far and they have received goals easily. They are now welcoming Real, which is very good in attack, so we expect at least one goal from the guests, but Athletic is certainly able to respond.
Pick: both teams will score
Odds: 1.62 at sportingbet (down to 1.56 can be played)
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