Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid are in action at the San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao on Sunday in a match against La Liga. Athletic Bilbao has been dropping in this way in 2017 and has not won any of the last 2 league games, drawing both to zero, and still ended up being put out of the King’s Cup by the mighty Barcelona. Atletico Madrid, after beating Real Betis on the final day, was still forced to play in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the King’s Cup in midweek, and may suffer some wear and tear.
Athletic Bilbao occupy the 7th place in the table with 28 points, with 8 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses, with 22 goals scored and 19 goals conceded. Athletic Bilbao come here in a modest way, winning 3 of the last 6 Spanish league games, tying the last 2 0-0 on both occasions. Even so, it is somewhat understandable that they have drawn the last two rounds of the competition to zero, since they had to face the powerful Barcelona in the last 16 of the King’s Cup, where despite having won the first leg Eventually succumbed to the hands of the Catalans in the second leg and therefore were out of the race.
Los Leones are a very strong team inside doors and the fact that they have lost precious points in the last days of the championship, forces the team to return to the victories independently of the adversary, since they are now 3 points of 6º Villarreal, position of access To the Europa League. With 8 victories in the last 11 matches in all national competitions, losing only 1 match, and with 20 goals scored while conceding only9, the Basques led by Ernesto Valverde will seek to take advantage of some possible physical wear and tear of the Madrid team and Impose their style of play, trying to reach the goal with long balls for the runners and make several crosses, since they are strong in the air game.
In their last 5 official matches, Athletic Bilbao has a record of 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss. This sequence of results began with a 3-0 victory at the reception to Racing Santander in the game to count for the King’s Cup. A 2-1 victory followed in the reception to Barcelona, in game to count for the Copa del Rey, a 0-0 draw at Alavés’ reception, a 3-1 defeat at Barcelona in the King’s Cup match, and a 0-0 draw at the Leganés. Aketxe, Merino and Kepa, all injured, Etxebarria and Aduriz, both punished, are confirmed casualties.
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La liga santanderO Atlético de Madrid, in turn, ranks fourth with 34 points, with 10 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses, with a total of 32 goals scored and 14 goals conceded. Atletico Madrid arrives here with 3 successive victories in the Spanish championship, and although it has won the last day with some difficulty, at the reception to Real Betis, the Madrilenian group managed to keep on chasing the 3º classified Barcelona, although it sees the Catalans with 4 points ahead. In the sum of all competitions, the Colchoneros have conceded only 1 snub in the last 7 consecutive games, in the reception to Las Palmas for the King’s Cup, although it was not enough to take them away from the event, and arrive here in a moment where they can accuse Some physical wear after they had met and beat Eibar midweek for the quarterfinals of the King’s Cup.
Out of doors, the formation led by Diego Simeone has achieved a positive record, winning 6 of the 11 matches he played in all national competitions, losing 3, and presenting partial of 20 goals scored and 7 goals conceded. This will not be an easy meeting for Diego Simeone’s team, who, in addition to being able to suffer some physical damage, are still forced to win in this difficult territory so as not to compromise the 4th place, since Real Sociedad is only 2 points behind . Still, the Colchoneros have managed to play good games and, besides the great defensive organization, they present a lot of quality in the offensive sector, with players of great talent like Ferreira-Carrasco being able to create several imbalances per game through individual throws, and still with players With great finishing power as Kevin Gameiro and Griezmann.
In his last 5 official matches, Atletico Madrid has a record of 4 wins and 1 defeat. This sequence of results began with a 0-2 victory at Las Palmas in the King’s Cup game. There followed a 0-2 victory at Eibar, a 2-3 In the reception to Las Palmas, in the game to count for the King’s Cup, a victory by 1-0 in the reception to Real Betis, and in the last day, a victory by 3-0 in the reception to Eibar, in game to count for the Cup