The only incentive left in the season for Real Madrid is to try and overhaul city rivals Atletico in second place, however even that is now out of their hands. Athletic Bilbao are at the Santiago Bernabeu this weekend with plenty top play for as they chase down a Europa League spot. Form labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the game and if value is what you are after then head over to our FanBoosts section and see what is on offer.
Real Far from Convincing
Real Madrid have gone W3-D1-L1 from their five matches since the departure of Santiago Solari, with their sole defeat at the Mestalla against Valencia.
That compares to four defeats from the old coaches’ last six games in all competitions, which is an impressive turnaround from Zinedine Zidane, though the victories haven’t been entirely convincing and it’s clear that it’s still going to take time and summer transfer surgery to properly heal the wounds.
Bilbao In A Rich Vein Of Form
Bilbao spent much of the first half of the season mired in the bottom three, but they made their own switch in the dugout back in December and are currently enjoying a rich vein of form, winning four of their last five to jump up into the last European qualification spot.
However, Gaizka Garitano won’t want his charges to stop there as Sevilla are just six points ahead in fourth place, while they’ll be feeling the pressure from behind as well with Alaves trailing them by one.
Real Madrid v Bilbao Betting Tips
Los Blancos will want to beat their city rivals Atletico in the race for second spot, but they’ll know their season is all but over and the focus will inevitably shift towards next term.
They look far too short a price to secure victory this weekend given these sides have played out stalemates in each of their three meetings since the start of last season, while Zidane is yet to properly put a team to bed since returning.
His only victory by more than a single strike was a 2-0 win against 17th-placed Celta Vigo, who were without key man Iago Aspas that day.
Vinicius Junior – one of the few bright spots for Madrid this season – remains unavailable through injury and is joined on the sidelines by Sergio Ramos for this fixture.
The captain missed the 1-1 draw with Leganes last weekend and the absence of his experience was sorely felt in the Champions League when they lost 4-1 hosting Ajax.
Not to mention, since the appointment of Garitano as head coach, the visitors have gone W10-D5-L3 from 18 matches.
Only one of those defeats came by more than a single strike and we expect them to put up a serious fight this weekend.
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