Los Colchoneros are almost ten years without a loss to Los Leones at Wanda Metropolitano, and will be looking to stay that way when the rivals meet on Saturday. Have a look at our Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Preview and get the latest news and stats.
Atletico Madrid Recent Form & Team News
Despite a shock midweek loss in the Copa Del Rey, league leaders Atletico Madrid extended their winning LaLiga run to four games at Alaves (W 2-1) last Sunday. They lost just once in their last 31 LL fixtures (W21, D9, L1) whilst they’re also yet to lose in 42 LL home games against teams from outside the consistent top three of 2013-2020 (W33, D9).
The hosts have won the second half and scored exactly twice beyond the interval in four of the six straight LL home wins that precede this clash. Expectations for Atletico to also dominate after HT here are further underlined by H2H history, with a 54.0% majority (27) of their last 50 LL home H2Hs vs Athletic Bilbao seeing them win the second half.
Player to watch: Luis Suárez was the final scorer in Atletico’s 2-1 win at Alaves. Five of his seven prior career goals vs Bilbao have come in the second half of play.
Diego Simeone will be without Hector Herrera (muscle) and Kieran Trippier (suspension). Jose Maria Gimenez (ankle) is questionable to play.
Athletic Bilbao Recent Form & Team News
Athletic are still just a short run of good form away from being genuine contenders for a Europa League spot. However, their seven-game winless run in away league action is a concern (D3, L4). Each of those four defeats saw them lose one half by a precise 1-0 scoreline, with an average of 1.00 goals against beyond the hour mark per loss.
The visitors’ five-game LaLiga away form against the consistent top three of 2013-2020 reads: D1, L4, with their last away league win against such a side coming in January 2011 – actually against Atletico. Of their nine goals conceded across the four defeats, just one came before the 40th minute.
Player to watch: Iñaki Williams’ fond memories of a double here in Nov 2018 (L 3-2) may spur him on to score his club’s 250th all-time league goal vs Atletico.
Hot stat: Bilbao have averaged 1.50 goals against per match beyond the hour mark across their last four LL away losses vs the top three of 2013-2020.
Marcelino cannot count on Yeray Alvarez (muscle), Yuri Berchiche (thigh), Unai Lopez (knee), and Peru Nolaskoain (muscle).
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