Atletico Madrid will look to close in on the gap with FC Barcelona at the top of the table when they host Athletic Bilbao on Saturday.
Diego Simeone and his men are bolstered by their Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund. This tie is more crucial for Atletico than it looks to be on paper. They are on level with Sevilla and Alaves with 20 points from 11 games and a point behind second placed Espanyol. They next host leaders Barcelona for a game that will very much decide the leader for the longer run. Diego Simeone knows he can’t afford to win anything less than three points from this one and he surely will put his strongest foot forward.
Athletic Bilbao are just a point away from dropping into the relegation zone. With just 10 points from 11 games they find themselves glued to the 18th spot with even more misery expected to come their way. For any Spanish side, walking away with at least a point each against both Real Madrid and FC Barcelona is more or less an achievement and Athletic Bilbao did manage to do that. Results have just not been on their side and that has been the only reason why they’re down to the bottom half of La Liga. A change of fortunes is all what the fans must be expecting for tomorrow.
When and Where?
Atletico Madrid will welcome Athletic Bilbao at their new stadium, the Wanda Metropolitano, on Saturday, 10 November at 11:00 PM IST
Where to watch ATL vs ATH Live?
Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao will be broadcasted live on Sony Ten 2 and Sony ESPN and will be available for real-time live stream exclusively on Sony LIV.
Atletico Madrid: W D W W L
Athletic Bilbao: L D D D L
Atletico Madrid Won – 22
Athletic Bilbao Won – 10
Drawn – 5
Oblak; Juanfran, Montero, Arias, Felipe Luis; Correa, Thomas, Rodrigo, Saul; Griezmann, Kalinic
Herrerin; de Marcos, Nunez, Martinez, Berchiche; D. Garcia, San Jose; Williams, Susaeta, Munian; Aduriz
Griezmann needs no second introduction. One of the best in the world, Antoine Griezmann will be the man to watch out for when Atletico take on Athletic Bilbao.
Yet to score even a single goal this season, Aduriz is expected to be the man who is likely going to trouble the Atletico defence and well might find the back of the net as well.
Athletic Bilbao have been one rock solid defensive wall that has managed to churn out draws after draws. Atletico do have the right attacking forces to break that wall but it won’t be that easy. The final scoreline we expect will read Atletico Madrid 1-0 Athletic Bilbao.