Athletic Bilbao vs Atlético Madrid

La Liga, Spain

 

Athletic Bilbao will be facing an acid test when they make a visit to the Wanda Metropolitano to face Atlético Madrid. Atlético would be looking to cut the gap to 7 points at the top of the table and keep the title race alive. Athletic Bilbao on the other hand would be looking to grab a win and get their stuttering campaign back on track.

 

Match Details:

When: February 18th, 08:45 PM IST

Where: Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid

Athletic Bilbao Team News:

  • Athletic Bilbao will be without two of their top scorers Ardiz Aduriz and Raul Garcia.
  • Both the players won’t be available owing to suspensions.
  • The rest to the squad will remain available for Paco Jémez

 

Form (Recent first): W D L D D D

Last Result: Athletic Bilbao 3-1 Spartak Moskva (H), Europa League

 

Probable XI and Subs:

Kepa; Saborit, Iñigo Martínez, Yeray, Lekue; Beñat, San José, De Marcos; Susaeta, Iñigo Córdoba, Iñaki Williams.

Subs: Herrerin, Etxeita, Iturraspe, Merino, and Ñúnez

 

Squad:

GK: Kepa and Herrerin

Defenders: Martinez, Núñez, Álvarez, Etxeita, Balenziaga, Saborit, Lekue, and De Marcos

Midfielders: San José, Iturraspe, Vesga, Etxebarria, Rico, and Garcia

Forwards: Muniain, Córdoba, Merino, Williams, Susaeta, Aduriz, and Kike Sola.

 

Key Players:

Iñigo Martinez and Iñaki Williams

 

Atlético Madrid Team News:

  • ATM will be going into another game without the services of Stefan Savic.
  • The rest of the line up will be entirely available with no new injury updates thus far.
  • Diego Simeone is expected to field the same XI that defeated København in the Europa League.

 

Form (Recent first): W W W W L D

Last Result: Atlético Madrid 4-1 København (H), Europa League

 

Probable XI and Subs:

Oblak; Juanfran, Godín, Giménez, Filipe Luis; Gabi, Saúl, Koke; Vitolo, Griezmann, Diego Costa

Subs:

Carrasco, Gameiro, Correa, Torres, and Werner

 

Squad:

GK: Oblak, Werner, and Moya

Defenders: Godin, Gimenez, Savic, Hernandez, Filipe Luis, Vrsaljko, and Juanfran

Midfielders: Thomas, Koke, Gabi, and Ñíguez

Forwards: Diego Costa, Fernando Torres, Carrasco, Griezmann, Vitolo, Correa, Gaitán, and Gameiro

 

Key Players:

Griezmann and Saúl

 

Match Prediction:

Given Atlético’s rock solid defence and the absence of both of Athletic Bilbao’s top scorers, a win for Atletico Madrid is all what one can expect from this encounter. The final scoreline is expected to read 2-0 in favour of Atlético Madrid. A clean sheet victory is the safest bet to play.

 

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