Real Madrid-Athletic Bilbao Betting Preview: Hosts should win without keeping a clean sheet

Our man in Madrid thinks that, for a ninth league game in a row at the Bernabeu, the Blancos will record a victory having conceded at least one goal
The first midday kick-off of the Liga season should be an entertaining encounter as Real Madrid welcome Athletic Bilbao to the Santiago Bernabeu.

A full house is expected on Sunday and BetVictor price a home win at 2/13 (1.15) while Athletic are offered 19/1 (20.00) to end Madrid's unbeaten home league run which stretches back to December 2011.

Finding bets of interest when Real Madrid are playing at home is often tough, but for this game there are plenty of selections that catch the eye.

Over 3.5 goals which is offered at 5/6 (1.83) and that could be of interest given that fixtures between these two sides tend to be high-scoring affairs with each of their last five meetings at the Bernabeu seeing four or more goals scored.

Under Ernesto Valverde, Athletic look a more cohesive unit than they did last season and their two wins from two so far show that they have the makings of side capable of causing Madrid a few problems.

Indeed, the Basques have scored in each of their last five away matches against Madrid and both teams to score looks worthy of consideration at 39/40 (1.98).

However, for our main selection we are going to go one better and back Real Madrid to win and both teams to score at 29/20 (2.45) which should be a lot lower when one considers the statistics.

This bet has paid out in each of the Blancos' last eight home matches and looks an excellent bet. Athletic have more than enough about them to score yet Madrid simply cannot be opposed at home.

Real Madrid to win and both teams to score at 29/20 (2.45) 0.5pts with BetVictor

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV Presenter in Madrid