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Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao Prediction & Betting Tips – 18th April 2018

16th April 2018 / lee
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Real Madrid collected an away win at Malaga on the weekend, but still, their defence couldn’t keep a clean sheet. They are playing for nothing in the top flight now aside from a finishing position inside the top four. Athletic Bilbao are just churning out a mixed bag of results and can’t nail down consistency. That keeps them around mid-table.

Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao Betting Odds*

Real Madrid 1/5, Draw 6/1, Athletic Bilbao 10/1* (Betting Odds taken at 7:01 p.m. on April 15th, 2018)

Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao Betting Tips

Real Madrid are six games unbeaten in the Spanish top flight at the moment (W5 D1) after a 2-1 win at Malaga on the weekend. They rested a lot of their usual starters, including Cristiano Ronaldo for that one against the bottom side. They get back to the Bernabeu in midweek where they are unbeaten in six, dropping only the two points in that sequence. They have scored in each of those last six, but their defence has had troubles collecting clean sheets this season and they have shipped in each of their last three at home. Both teams to score with William Hill is at 13/20 odds* (betting odds taken on April 16th, 2018 at 3:23 p.m.) as Los Merengues do only have one clean sheet in their last seven league games home and away. Their goal output has been high as you would expect with 45 goals in 16 home games. 50% of their home games have made it over 3.5 goals this season and that is at 5/6 odds with William Hill* (betting odds taken on April 16th, 2018 at 3:23 p.m.) to happen again in this one.

Athletic Bilbao suffered a 2-3 home loss against Deportivo on the weekend and they have just been all over the place without any consistency. They are W2 D1 L3 in their last six games and so aren’t reliable at all. They have conceded in eight of their last nine league games now and out on the road they have produced a W4 D4 L8 record for the season. Athletic Bilbao have scored 19 goals in 16 away games this season but they are without a clean sheet in any of their last seven on the road, so that’s the kind of thing that is likely to hurt them. In the William Hill correct score market a Real Madrid 2-0 option is at 15/2 odds* (betting odds taken on April 16th, 2018 at 3:23 p.m.). Athletic Bilbao have failed to score four of their last five road games actually, but still, Real Madrid’s defence can’t be trusted at the moment. A tough away game for Athletic Bilbao here and 69% of their games this season in the Spanish top flight have finished with under 2.5 goals in them.

Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao Head to Head

When the two met earlier in the season there was a 0-0 draw played out between them, so that extended Real Madrid’s unbeaten form against Atletico Bilbao to five (W4 D1). So it’s pretty good form and Los Merengues are on a twelve-match winning streak at home against them in all competitions. Both teams have scored in four of the last five meetings.

Who will win – Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao Predictions

Real Madrid rested some of their big players on the weekend, so they should be stronger and fresher for this one. It should be a routine enough home win for them, but still, back both teams to score in a home win.

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