The Saturday night action in La Liga is headlined by Real Madrid’s visit to San Mamés Stadium to continue their 100% start. Bilbao always proves to be a tricky fixture for when the colossal Spanish sides come to visit, and the visitors will be fully aware that there recent visits to the stadium have not been easy to say the least.

Home Team: Athletic Bilbao

athletic bilbao betting on footballAthletic Bilbao will be preparing for only their third fixture of the season, and just like the previous two – they will be at home again. They have previously defeated Leganes 2-1, before throwing away a 2-0 lead to new boys Huesca in their most recent game to draw 2-2.

Their four points from their first two fixtures has placed them 6th in La Liga, which is a lot higher than when they finished last season in 16th. The fans in the Basque region are very passionate about their club, and despite a decent run in the Europa League, last season’s finish was a big disappointment.

Their main summer re-enforcement was left back Yuri Berchiche for 24 million euros, but no one else to get them really excited but they often depend on the youth at the club. They understand that this will definitely be the biggest test for them this season, but with a hostile atmosphere, they’ll hope to trouble Los Blancos.

Away Team: Real Madrid

real madrid betting.footballReal Madrid are yet to show signs that are missing Cristiano Ronaldo, having won their first three games comfortably, and scoring 10 goals in the process. Only goal difference separates them from Barcelona at the top. They were unable to sign that key player to replace, the arguably irreplaceable certain Portuguese star, so they are relying on their team last season with a new way of thinking under new manager Julen Lopetegui.

Not exactly a bad team to depend on, considering they won their third consecutive Champions League title last season, but being the best in Spain again, will be their number one target.

Head to Head

la liga betting.footballReal Madrid are fairly dominant when the two sides meet, but Bilbao definitely spring a surprise every now and then. They snap your hand off for a repeat score line of last season which was 0-0, a hugely frustrating match for Real Madrid.

Bilbao have also managed to get a couple of big wins against Real Madrid, winning 1-0 in 2015, and 2010. Other than that though, it is one-way traffic, and Los Blancos often dominate the fixture. They were able to get a trio of consecutive 3-0 wins, from 2011 to 2013.

Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid Predictions and Betting Tips

Athletic Bilbao are 4/1 to get another famous victory, with Real Madrid favourites at 3/5, although not overwhelming by any means.

Not everyone will be surprised if they were to drop their first couple of points in the season in a draw (10/3). Real Madrid’s two most recent victories have been 4-1, against Leganes and Girona, and the likeliness of that score line occurring again is at 18/1. Bilbao have scored two goals in each of their fixtures so far, but for them to get 2 goals or more against Real Madrid is at 2/1.

Unfortunately, as Athletic Bilbao have only played two easy fixtures this season, and only managed to win won (just) and draw the other one, there is little to suggest that Real Madrid will be troubled that much on Saturday night.

I don’t think Real Madrid will repeat another 4 goals, but a win is surely on the cards for them, and my actual score line prediction would be 2-0, which you can find odds of about 8/1.

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