Athletic Bilbao take on the visitors Atletico Madrid in the round 9 match of Spanish LaLiga. The match will be played on Saturday, October 15th at Estadio San Mamés (Bilbao).
Athletic belongs to the historical giants of Spanish football by the fact that it has never left the elite - this was also possible only for Real Madrid with Barcelona. However, in terms of trophies, everything has been tight for the Basques for a long time. Of course, first of all, the unique selection policy affects Bilbao - only local footballers and their descendants play in Bilbao. So Marcelino did a good job taking the Super Cup last year. But at the same time, a couple of Copa del Rey finals were lost, and progress in La Liga was modest. As a result, in the summer they decided to take the opportunity to return Valverde to the post of coach. Ernesto justifies this decision with good results. In the first 7 rounds, they managed to win 5 times, which allows to go among the leaders. Against this background, 1-1 with Sevilla, even on the road, was already more of a misfire than a gain of one point.
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Atletico at one time was created as a Madrid, metropolitan "branch" of the Basque project. But now the "mattress" has long been quoted much higher than its football "mother". Especially under Diego Simeone, who for 10+ years in office was able to win a lot of things, including the championship of Spain in 2021. After that, however, there was an extremely indistinct last season. And in the present, far from everything is obtained. Including in the Champions League, where the Spaniards have enough misfires and failures. Not everything works out in the LaLiga: only 5 wins with a couple of losses in 8 starting rounds. True, Cholo-team was finally able to reach a compromise with Barcelona, and finally bought Griezmann's contract. Now Antoine can be used at any time - at the start of the draw, the Frenchman received a maximum of half an hour in the lion's share of the meetings. The player helped to win in the last round of La Liga, when they defeated Girona with a score of 2-1.
Athletic have been doing better lately, with a couple of wins and a draw in La Liga and a run-through of the Mattresses in the January Super Bowl. Bookmakers believe that this time Athletic have a slightly higher chance of success, as they play at home. But at the same time, it is even more clear that one should not expect entertainment from the confrontation between Valverde and Simeone. We recommend betting on the fact that again everything will end on “less than 2.5 goals”.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 scored goals.