On Sunday, Spain’s La Liga will play the fixtures of the 38th and final matchday. Here, at 18:30 and at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, the clash Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao will take place. Thus, the second-placed team in the La Liga table will receive the eighth-placed one. The Blancos and the Leones collected 77 and 50 points respectively.
What speaks for Real Madrid?
- They won six of their last seven Primera División appearances at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.
What speaks for Athletic Bilbao?
- After its most recent LaLiga results, they can only surprise us.
Our betting prediction:
- Prediction: Real Madrid
- Odds: 2.01
Expert analysis Real Madrid
Real Madrid experienced their most recent two draws in the La Liga at the end of February and early March. Here, Carlo Ancelotti’s side recorded a 1-1 in the derby against the third-placed Atlético Madrid and a 0-0 at the sixth-ranked Betis Sevilla.
Since then, in 13 Primera División appearances, the Blancos saw eight victories and five defeats. The first of these occurred on 19 March in the Clásico with a 1-2 at the champions FC Barcelona. Immediately before and afterwards, they managed at home a 3-1 against the second-bottom RCD Espanyol and a 6-0 against the third-bottom Real Valladolid. Then, Real Madrid, with a 2-3 loss to the fifth-placed Villarreal, dropped points for the only time in their last seven appearances at the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu.
In the next four league matches, the second-placed team won three times against sides that rank in the second half of the table. The exception, a 2-4 at the ninth-placed Girona, happened between two 2-0 in Cádiz plus against Celta Vigo and a 4-2 against Alméria.
Afterwards, Real Madrid first recorded away defeats against the fourth-ranked Real Sociedad (0-2) plus the 15th-placed Valencia (0-1) and a 1-0 home win against the 14th-placed Getafe. Then, May ended with two 2-1 in the home derby against the tenth-placed Rayo Vallecano and at the eleventh-ranked Sevilla FC on Sunday.
Expert analysis Athletic Bilbao
Athletic Bilbao collected 13 of their 50 points in Spain’s La Liga table from the 26th to the 30th matchday. In that period, Ernesto Valverde’s side dropped points exclusively in a 0-0 home draw against Getafe on 1 April. Afterwards, the Leones threaded a 2-1 at RCD Espanyol, a 2-0 in a Basque regional derby against Real Sociedad and a 2-1 at Almería. There, Iñigo Martínez played his last LaLiga game so far.
Following the injury to the defence stalwart, Athletic Bilbao lost five of their last seven Primera División appearances. The first exception, a 1-1 at the twelfth-placed RCD Mallorca, was sandwiched between two 0-1 defeats to Sevilla FC and Betis Sevilla. Then, Athletic Bilbao slid to a 1-5 debacle at Villarreal. There, the second standard centre-back, Yeray Álvarez, played for the only time in the last five rounds.
On 20 May, the Leones returned to the winning track with a 2-1 against Celta Vigo. However, this was only a flash in the pan. Because: Athletic Bilbao most recently lost 0-2 at seventh-ranked Osasuna and most notably on Sunday 0-1 at home against the last-placed Elche, who were relegated weeks ago.
Head-to-head comparison Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao
The first Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao fixture in the La Liga 2022/2023 took place on 22 January. This clash ended with a 2-0 away victory. Also, Real Madrid won three of their four competition matches against Athletic Bilbao in the season 2021/2022.
Our betting prediction and the best odds
The home side in the Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao match prevailed in six of their last seven La Liga home fixtures. Here, a 2-3 against the fifth-placed Villarreal in early April marked the exception. Conversely, the Leones suffered their fifth defeat in seven Primera División appearances on Sunday with a 0-1 at home to the last-placed Elche, who were relegated weeks ago.
Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao – betting prediction: Real Madrid, odds 2.01
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