Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao Predictions & Betting Odds – 18th April 2018

Real Madrid to collect three home points

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Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao Betting Preview – La Liga 18th April 3.00pm

Real Madrid got themselves three points on the weekend at bottom side Malaga with a 2-1 which keeps them in third place in the league and going along nicely in form. They aren’t playing for anything other than to see where in the top four they finished. They get a run out back on home soil in midweek as they face mid-table Athletic Bilbao.

Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao Betting Tips

Real Madrid are on a six-match undefeated streak of form in La Liga after collecting a win at bottom side Malaga on the weekend (W5D1). For that one, they rested a bunch of their usual starters, including Cristiano Ronaldo. So it is back to home soil in midweek as they play host to Athletic Bilbao. They are unbeaten in their last six home games (W5 D1), scoring in each game in that sequence. Part of their downfall this season has been a lack of clean sheets and they have not taken one in any of their last three home games so both teams to score with William Hill is at 13/20 odds* (betting odds taken on April 16th, 2018 at 3:23 p.m.). Overall Real Madrid have only one clean sheet in their last seven league games home and away. After a slow start to the season, their scoring has been fine with 45 goals returned in 16 home games and 50% of their home games have made it over 3.5 goals this season and that is at 5/6 odds with William Hill* (betting odds taken on April 16th, 2018 at 3:23 p.m.) to happen again in this one.

Athletic Bilbao suffered a 2-3 home loss against Deportivo on the weekend and they are just about as inconsistent as you can get. They have produced a W2 D1 L3 record in their last six league games so aren’t much value to go and cause an upset. They have only managed the one clean sheet in their last nine La Liga matched and away from home this term they are W4 D4 L8. Athletic Bilbao have scored 19 goals in 16 away games this season but they have conceded in each of their last seven road games, so again, there is nothing reliable about them. In the William Hill correct score market a Real Madrid 2-0 option is at 15/2 odds* (betting odds taken on April 16th, 2018 at 3:23 p.m.) and the shortest priced option available there, but a 2-1 success for Madrid may have more appeal. Athletic Bilbao have failed to score four of their last five road games actually, but still, Real Madrid’s defence can’t be trusted at the moment. This is no easy midweek game for Athletic Bilbao here and 69% of their games this season in the Spanish top flight have finished with under 2.5 goals in them.

Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao Head to Head

There was a 0-0 draw between these two earlier this season and that leaves Real Madrid unbeaten in their last five games against Athletic Bilbao (W4 D1). So it’s pretty good form and Los Merengues are on a twelve-match winning streak at home against them in all competitions. Both teams have scored in four of the last five meetings.

Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao Betting Odds*

Real Madrid 1/5, Draw 6/1, Athletic Bilbao 10/1* (Betting Odds taken at 7:01 p.m. on April 15th, 2018)

Real Madrid v Athletic Bilbao Predictions

Real Madrid are in decent enough form to take the win in this one. Even with Sergio Ramos back they couldn’t keep a clean sheet against her lowest-scoring side in the division on the weekend. So home win and both teams to score.

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