La Liga Preview: Real Madrid will nudge a notch higher than Athletic Bilbao

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Updated: August 28, 2013
Real Madrid

Match Date: September 1, 2013

Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu (Madrid)

 

Athletic Bilbao are regaining their momentum. After only ranking at number 12 last season, Los Leones have progressively ascended to number 2 in the table this term with brisk wins inaugurating their campaign. Real Madrid, meanwhile, remain strong and solid at traction. Los Blancos are also undefeated, with all of their matches this season finishing in plaudits. They are currently ranked at number 5, although it is a five-way tie (with Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, Athletic Bilbao, and Villareal) if the total points will only be the consideration for the standings.

 

Real Madrid’s laudable streak

Real Madrid have never been routed in six successive matches now; winning accolades across several competitions, including the friendlies, the International Champions Cup, and of course, La Liga. The side is also set to welcome new high-profile member, Spurs’ Gareth Bale who was offered with a reported contract amounting to record-breaking €100 million.  In addition, Los Blanco’s midfield options are being strengthened by the return of equally magnificent player Sami Khedira and summer signing Asier Illarramendi.

 

Athletic Bilbao’s recent stints

In the Club Friendlies, Athletic Bilbao endured fluctuating results; wining their match against Braunschweiger 4-0, drawing with Freiburg 0-0, and losing their grip to Real Zaragoza 1-4. They kicked off the La Liga new season with stellar performance, though, with the match against Real Valladolid ending in the two-goal combined prowess of Markel Susaeta and Iker Muniain. Their most recent clash with Osasuna also rendered the club victorious 2-0. Los Leones mainly took their wheelhouse in the second half, with Oscar de Marcos sealing the win in the 82nd minute.

 

Football betting tips: The possible outcome

On both possession and pass success rates, Real Madrid are on the greater advantage, with 64 percent and 88 percent corresponding the two criteria. Athletic Bilbao, while their figures are not bad at all, only post 41 percent for possession and 74.7 percent for pass success.

By the conclusion of the match, Real Madrid will pick up all the marbles. Bilbao have never won over their opponents for at least six consecutive occasions. And the streak will likely extend on the same fate with this upcoming duel between the Spanish clubs.

 

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