Insight and Analysis: Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid LaLiga 2021 Match Prediction and Preview
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid LaLiga 2021 Match Prediction, Injuries/Suspension, Match Facts, Team News, Preview and Where to Watch.
Athletic Bilbao enjoyed a memorable weekend in La Liga (LL), as they came back from a 2-1 deficit to beat Real Betis 3-2 in the 89th minute.
Not only did that result end their three-match losing streak at home, but it also ended their three-match losing streak overall (D1, L2).
But it’s also helped the hosts’ European qualifying ambitions, as they’re now only five points behind sixth place heading into this matchday.
Despite this, their lack of goalscoring creates a troubling picture.
That’s because Athletic have the worst return of any team above 15th place going into this festive gameweek, having netted only 16 times in their previous 18 LL appearances.
Granted, 12 of those came at home, boosting optimism ahead of the match against Real Madrid.
They have, however, lost six consecutive home H2Hs (D2, L4).
Despite the fact that Real Madrid is still six points clear at the top of the table heading into this encounter,
Last time out, they were unable to break down the sturdy defense of relegation-threatened Cádiz on home turf, and were had to settle for a 0-0 draw.
The club’s previous ten-match winning streak in competitive play came to an end with the draw.
Visitors will be hoping to continue their winning trend in northern Spain.
Even if their away league form continues strong, that could be difficult with up to ten first-team players out (W7, D1, L1).
In fact, Real has scored two or more goals in seven of those encounters, including the previous four.
However, in their league travels so far, they’ve only kept two clean sheets.Sevilla vs Barcelona LaLiga 2021 Match Prediction
Referee: Grado C. S. (Esp), Venue: Estadio San Mamés (Bilbao)
Players to keep an eye on:
Iaki Williams of Athletic scored twice last time out, but he has only scored once in 13 prior H2Hs.
Vincius Jnior of Real Madrid has scored 12 goals in all competitions this season, 10 of which have come away from home.
When he’s on the scoresheet, his team is undefeated (W8, D1).
Athletic are are averaging 6.78 corners per LL game, which is the highest in the league.
News from the team
COVID-19 breakout is to keep Unai Simon and Inigo Martinez out.
The absences of Yuri Berchiche, Asier Villalibre, and Alex Berenguer have all been confirmed.
Both Dani Vivian and Peru Nolaskoain have reservations.
COVID-19 has been found in Casemiro, Gareth Bale, Rodrygo, and Andriy Lunin.
Luka Modric did as well, but his test resulted in a negative result. Real Madrid, on the other hand, is likely to play it cautious.
Casemiro has used up all of his yellow cards and will be suspended, with Eduardo Camavingo set to take his place.
Isco has reported covid symptoms and will most likely miss out.
Despite the fact that he was never going to start in the first place.
Dani Carvajal will miss out, while Lucas Vazquez will most likely fill in.
Factors to Consider
Real Madrid has gone undefeated in 22 of their last 23 road matches (LaLiga).
In their last four games, Real Madrid has kept a clean sheet (LaLiga).
Real Madrid has maintained a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 matches against Athletic Bilbao in all competitions.
Real Madrid will win or draw at 1.30 odds.
Under 2.5 goals have been scored in Athletic Bilbao’s previous four home matches versus Real Madrid in all competitions.
In Real Madrid’s last four games, there have been fewer than 2.5 goals scored (LaLiga).
In all competitions, Real Madrid has won 13 of their last 14 encounters against Athletic Bilbao.
Real Madrid will win or draw at 1.30 odds.
In each of their last four away encounters, Real Madrid has scored at least two goals (LaLiga).
Last time out, Athletic Club came from behind to stop Real Betis’ winning streak.while ending their own eight-game losing streak.
Marcelino’s side had gone three games without a win before beating Betis 3-2.
Courtesy to a brace from Inaki Williams and a goal from Oscar de Marcos.
Following a loss to Sevilla, a tie with Getafe, and a loss to Real Madrid, the team had a tremendous win.
They’ll be looking to avenge that setback today, especially after they deserved more from their journey to the Bernabeu.
Real Madrid’s 10-game winning streak came to an end last time out as they drew 0-0 with Cadiz at home.Despite having 36 shots on goal.
COVID-19 difficulties didn’t help matters, but Los Blancos had a chance.
Real Madrid had already defeated Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad in La Liga, as well as Inter Milan in the Champions League, before to the draw with Cadiz.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side saw their lead at the top cut to six points after a draw last time out.
They’ll be desperate not to see their advantage eroded once more in this game.
Given the number of absentees and the difficulties Athletic Club caused Real Madrid when the two teams played earlier this month, a draw might be on the cards.
Where to Watch
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