Athletic Bilbao-Atletico Madrid Betting Preview: Crucial clash set for goals at both ends

Our La Liga expert feels that both sides have an excellent chance of getting on the scoresheet this weekend
The game of the weekend in Spain is in the Basque Country on Saturday as leaders Atletico Madrid travel to fourth-placed Athletic Bilbao.

Diego Simeone's side have taken advantage of Real Madrid's recent back-to-back defeats to establish a three point lead at the top of the table over their city rivals and lie one point ahead of second placed Barcelona but know that the game at the new San Mames is one of the toughest they have left of the season.

Claiming three points on Saturday would be a massive step towards being crowned champions and bet365 offer the Rojiblancos at 7/5 (2.40) for the win.

The Basques' home record is formidable though, having beaten Barcelona and drawn with Madrid in Bilbao and the home side are offered at 2/1 (3.00) to put a serious dent in Atleti's title challenge and win the game, with another draw available at 11/5 (3.20).

The statistics though clearly point to goals at either end, and both teams to score is offered at the seemingly generous price of 4/5 (1.80).

Atletico have found the back of the net in 11 of their 14 matches on the road this season, and in Diego Costa they boast a striker who always looks like scoring and causing defences problems.

Athletic for their part have scored in every single match they have played in the new San Mames this season - 17 successive home fixtures in all competitions. With a good touch in front of goal it could pay dividends to keep things simple and back the 4/5 (1.80) available on both teams scoring in this crucial La Liga encounter.

Both teams to score at 4/5 (1.80) for 2.5pts with bet365

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