Athletic Bilbao v Atletico Madrid Preview

January 27, 2014 | By

Southampton v Chelsea PreviewSpanish Copa del Rey Quarter Final 2nd Leg action on Wednesday Night comes from the San Mamés Barria and features Athletic Bilbao versus Atletico Madrid.

View our Match Betting Preview, Odds, Tips and Predictions for the game which can be seen Live on Sky Sports 2 High Definition with a scheduled 19:00pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Athletic Bilbao v Atletico Madrid Preview, Copa del Rey, Wednesday 29th January 2014

Athletic Bilbao will head into this Quarter Final 2nd Leg with plenty of confidence having has an impressive 5-1 victory away against Osasunaover the weekend in the Primera La Liga and will certainly believe that they can overturn their 1-0 defecit picked up in the first leg against Atletico Madrid last week at the Estadio Vicente Calderón.

Atletico Madrid also head into this game though with another excellent victory over the weekend in their Primera La Liga match which came away to Rayo Vallecano in which they won 2-4 and not only has that win put them on level points at the top of the league with Barcelona it will also provide the players with plenty of confidence that they can build on their 1-0 victory last weekend against Athletic Bilbao and secure a place in the Semi-Finals stage of this tournament.

Athletic Bilbao Team News:

No reported injuries or suspensions for the hosts, but both Ander Iturraspe and Aritz Aduriz are both one booking away from picking up a suspension.

Atletico Madrid Team News:

No reported injuries or suspensions for the visitors either, but Tiago, Arda Turan, Filipe, Diego Godin, Koke and Diego Costa are all one booking away from picking up a suspension. Diego Costa was not even named on the bench for the weekend’s 4-2 victory away against Rayo Vallecano which fuels speculation that he could be shortly announced as a Chelsea player and unlikely to be involved for this game.

Athletic Bilbao v Atletico Madrid Head to Head Statistics:

Wednesday night’s game from the San Mamés Barria will become the 40th meeting between the two clubs over the years of which Athletic Bilbao have won 13 (9 at the San Mamés Barria) with Atletico Madrid having won 21 (7 at the San Mamés Barria) and the remaining 5 matches having finished all square (2 at the San Mamés Barria).

The last 5 meetings between the two clubs in our head to head statistics table below, shows Atletico Madrid having had a commanding advantage having won 4 matches with Athletic Bilbao only managing to win 1 match. Also worth mentioning is that Athletic Bilbao have only managed to score 3 goals, compared to Atletico Madrid having scored  10 goals.

23/01/14 CDR Atletico Madrid – Athletic Bilbao 1 : 0
03/11/13 PRD Atletico Madrid – Athletic Bilbao 2 : 0
27/01/13 PRD Athletic Bilbao – Atletico Madrid 3 : 0
27/08/12 PRD Atletico Madrid – Athletic Bilbao 4 : 0
09/05/12 UEL Atletico Madrid – Athletic Bilbao 3 : 0

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

117 Goals have been scored in the previous 39 matches between the two clubs which provides us with an overall goals per game statistic of 3.00 and with 56 goals having been scored at the San Mamés Barria in the 18 matches played there between the two clubs we are provided with an average goals per game statistic of 3.11.

Going on the data listed above this game looks likely to see at least a few goals scored on wednesday night, despite the first leg last week only seeing one goal scored during the match.

Athletic Bilbao v Atletico Madrid Recent Form (Left to Right)

Athletic Bilbao: W W W L W

Atletico Madrid: D W D W W

Both clubs have been in great form lately, but Athletic Bilbao just have the slight advantage heading into this game having won 4 of their last 5 matches played, compared to Atletico Madrid who only managed 3 victories from their last 5 played.

Athletic Bilbao v Atletico Madrid Match Betting Odds Market

Athletic Bilbao will take a lot of confidence from their impressive victory over the weekend and with home advantage they will certainly believe they can win this game on wednesday night and do look value at a current best price of 11/5 with BetVictor (£25 Free Bets for New Customers).

The Draw has not been a result that has happened very much when these two clubs have met each other over the years, so you could argue that one is definitely overdue and with both clubs in pretty decent form at the moment, it certainly would not surprise me to see this game finish all square and also looks value at a best price of 23/10 with Paddy Power (£50 Free Bets for New Customers)

Atletico Madrid are having one of their best season’s for many years, but with news coming through that Diego Costa could be on his way to Chelsea, this is going to be a massive blow for the club and could quite easily play on the minds of the other players during this game and as such the current best price of 11/8 with Totepool (£10 Free Bets for New Customers) to win this game does not look much value for me.

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Athletic Bilbao v Atletico Madrid Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

On paper everything does seem to suggest an Atletico Madrid victory, but with rumous growing stronger about Diego Costa’s move to Premiership side Chelsea this is obviously going to make an impact the rest of the Atletico Madrid players and with Athletic Bilbao in good form at the moment and having home advantage where they have an excellent record against their visitors, I do actually believe that Athletic Bilbao will win this game.

Another option could be the Draw as although this outcome is not a result seen often when these two clubs have met each other in the past, one does seem overdue and given the form both sides are in at the moment there is a strong possibility that this could end up all square on wednesday night.

The average goals per game statistics are suggesting this match will see at least a few goals scored and with both clubs having recorded impressive victories over the weekend in the Primera La Liga the safe play could be the goals market.

However, I am going to stick with my original thought here and tip the hosts to win this game as their current odds on offer do represent value in my opinon and being 1-0 down from the first leg, they have no option but to win this game if they are to stand any real hope of progressing through to the Semi Finals.

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