Athletic Club vs Atletico Madrid Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

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The visitors boast the best defence in Spain's top flight and we are expecting both teams to keep things tight when they meet in Bilbao this weekend

Atletico Madrid return to La Liga action on Saturday evening looking to bounce back from their Champions League disappointment in midweek.

Diego Simeone's men travel to San Mames to face Athletic Club with the memory of their 3-0 defeat at Juventus still fresh in their minds. However, Barcelona play on Sunday so Los Rojiblancos have a chance to cut the gap at the top to four points.

Latest odds

Despite an indifferent season, Athletic Club remain an extremely difficult to beat in Bilbao. The Basques have only lost two of their 13 home games this term and are unbeaten at San Mames in La Liga since October.

Gaizka Garitano's side can be backed at 7/2 (3.50) with bet365, while an away win is offered at 6/5 (2.20) and the draw at 21/10 (3.10).

Inaki Williams Marcelo Athletic Bilbao Real Madrid La Liga

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Team news

Diego Costa, Thomas Partey, Lucas Hernandez and Filipe Luis all missed Tuesday's trip to Turin, although Costa and Partey were only suspended so should return. Hernandez and Filipe returned to training this week but are injury doubts along with Santiago Arias and Stefan Savic.

Athletic have centre-back Inigo Martinez suspended and striker Aritz Aduriz out injured.

Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid

Tight game

Only two sides have scored fewer than Athletic's total of fourteen home strikes this season and Bilbao has been pretty short on entertainment.

Just 27 goals have been scored at San Mames Stadium this term, one of the lowest totals in the division, and there is every chance that Atletico's visit this weekend will see another goal-shy encounter.

Los Rojiblancos have the best defensive record in the division so they can keep things tight against a low-scoring Athletic team, yet we should not expect them to run riot themselves particularly after one of their most disappointing defeats in recent years.

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Tips and predictions

The price of 4/9 (1.44) for under 2.5 goals underlines just what a tight encounter this is expected to be. For higher odds, combining this selection with both teams to score 'no' offers the more appealing price of 4/5 (1.80).

This bet has paid out in six of Atletico's last seven league games and looks a strong option for Saturday's encounter. 

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly. 

Betting Banner - Best Bet Under 2.5 goals and both teams to score 'no' at 4/5 (1.80) for a 2.5pt stake with bet365

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