Athletic Bilbao aims first win over Real Madrid in 4 years

bilbaoSome milestones seem impossible to hit but teams such as Real Madrid do it frequently so you have to give them credit. This year, they are trying not only to win the championship but also to win 10 consecutive games without conceding a goal. They are just one step away from this objective, with more than 10 consecutive victories, but in each of the last 9 games they kept a clean sheet.

They didn’t face Atletico Madrid or Barcelona over the span though and they didn’t even lock horns with Real Sociedad for what that matters. This is why it is only natural for punters to think twice before backing them at full stakes to win at Bilbao without conceding a goal. Their opponents are in excellent form and both teams played midweek in Copa del Rey, so fatigue is affecting both of them just as much.

Add to this the fact that Bilbao is one of the most offensive teams in the league and it should become obvious why they are not to be underestimated. To put things into perspective, they were the only team to have defeated Barcelona this season away from home and the visitors couldn’t even consider themselves unlucky. The hosts dominated the match and winning it was a just result, so they will probably employ the same strategy against Real Madrid.

This has been a surprising weekend in Primera Division to say the least, with Barcelona suffering the first defeat at Nou Camp. Atletico Madrid has a good chance to get on top, but they also face a tough opponent as Real Sociedad had a week off after their Copa del Rey opponents declined to play this Thursday. As for Real Madrid, they are in for a tough match in Bilbao where the local team enjoys extraordinary support from its fans and the stadium is expected to be packed with them.

The game can easily go either way so it makes perfect sense for punters who are hell-bent to bet on this game to back the hosts in one way or the other. The best odds are obviously for a double chance wager, but a Draw no Bet type of bet will also trigger ice returns. Last but not least. Risk-averse players can easily wager on the hosts not to lose by two goals on more at odds of almost 1.70.