Real Madrid has a good chance to win both the Champions League and Copa Del Rey, but they can’t hope to finish higher than second in Primera Division. All they need to do is to keep a safe distance from third place Atletico Madrid, and one way to do it is by winning away at depleted Athletic Bilbao.
Match: Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid
Bet: Under 3 Goals
Odds: Bet365 2.10
The hosts are not in terrible form, in fact they’ve extracted an astonishing amount from the last couple of games despite playing without important players. Seven of them will be missing tonight, three due to injury and four as a result of seeing a red card in previous games. Top goal scorer Aduriz is one of them and without their best striker, the hosts have no choice but to use a 4-5-1 starting formation with De Marcos upfront.
The true goal of this game is to keep the visitors at bay and Athletic Bilbao will need to fight hard to keep their decent home record against Real Madrid unspoiled. The visitors have cruised through the Champions League and with the next important game two weeks from now, they can take one match at a time without worrying about injuries. Mourinho has no absentees for tonight and all players are fit to play, so the Portuguese coach will try to secure victory in the first half and then decrease the tempo.
Athletic Bilbao needs to be ready for a 90 min. siege, because without some key players they won’t stand a chance if they play an offensive game. Although Real Madrid appears to be overwhelming favorite to win, the best choice for punters is to bet on less than three goals to be scored with Bet365.