Atletico Madrid is bound to avoid losing any more points in the remaining games to keep their position on the top. This weekend, Diego Simeone’s men will be hosting Bilbao, which has been winless in the past seven games, which happened to begin with their loss against Los Rojiblancos in the reverse fixture. This should be the right time to avenge their defeat as well as ending their negative trend which cost them a consecutive failure in two Copa del Rey final this month.
Both teams’ previous games
Bilbao was held in a draw while taking on Real Betis on the road. They were once again unable to optimise a number of chances. Luckily, their goalie, Unai Simon was impressive between the sticks as well to keep a clean sheet.
Meanwhile, Atletico Madrid carried on sealing a win without Luis Suarez and Joao Felix. They won 2-0 over Huesca. Angel Correa and Yannick Carrasco scored their winning goals.
Marcelino really needs to consider opting different formation than 4-4-2, which seems to be easily anticipated by their opponents. They have been scoreless in the last three games as well, which has been rather worrying. Deploying 4-3-1-2 might be worth trying with Iker Munian playing as the number ten behind Raul Garcia and Inaki Williams or Asier Villalibre.
Diego Simeone seems to be quite satisfied with Angel Correa’s form who is deputised for the frontman position alongside Marcos Llorente. The Argentine has bagged three goals in the last two matches. He would get a nod as the targetman again in 3-4-2-1 formation. Marcos Llorente and Saul Niguez will be supporting Correa from the second line. Their new signing, Moussa Dembele, has been slow to finding the rhythm with Los Choconeros. No wonder that he is on the below Correa or even Marcus Llorente in the pecking order.
Players to watch
In Bilbao, the versatile Alex Berenguer is one of their key men with seven goals and three assists this season. Some other vital figures in the squad is Inaki Williams who notched up five goals and assists each plus el capitano Iker Muniain.
With such limited option, Marcos Llorente is one of the names left to be the main scorer. He has netted eleven goals and provided ten assists. Some other notable names to watch are Angel Correa with seven goals and eight assists plus Yannick Carrasco contributing five goals and six assists.
Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid Prediction
Playing in Sam Mames shoud boost their confidence to beat the visitors, plus the European Super League isssue. Yet, the scoreless and the lack of clinical finish in the six yard box could cost another failure to win. Koke and Co only need to focus on winning in each and every game to lift the trophy this season. If Bilbao could build up more solid defence for Los Choconeros, another draw result can be clinched again.