Bilbao vs Atletico Madrid by Jimeno
Bilbao didn't manage to impress last time out as the team suffered narrow 1:0 defeat on the road to Las Palmas on Sunday evening. Must be said that they looked at times a bit more concrete in attack, but the players of Las Palmas had more of the ball possession and were willing to risk more towards the end.
Remy scored the opening goal in 87th minute, leaving no time for the players of Bilbao to respond further. This was first defeat for Bilbao in the season, as the team now stands at the upper part of the table with two victories, a draw and a defeat, having seven points for now. The side seems to be very defensive minded for now, having just scored three and conceding a goal in first four LaLiga matches.
Hosts should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Aduriz as central striker, plus Muniain, Garcia and Williams as offensive midfielders. Central defender Yeray Alvarez (no performance so far) is out due illness, with midfielder Iker Undabarrena also being sidelined without play so far. Right defender Oscar De Marcos (1/0) is doubtful with an ankle problem, similar to midfielder Mikel Rico (no performance so far anyway).
Atletico Madrid, on the other side, had pretty similar start in the season as Bilbao, but at least they looked more concrete in attack in some matches. In the most recent match, they managed to take a 1:0 victory at home over Malaga completely deservedly as it looked like they can increase the pressure anytime they wanted and to score additional goal(s).
They were better in the first halftime as well, but the team managed to score the goal only once they increased the tempo, in 61st minute via Griezmann, standing decently in defense all way long. After four matches played they have two victories and two draws, standing at European positions for now, while the target surely is to reach the Champions League group stage again and surely to get a positive outcome in this clash.
Guests are set to play in 4-4-2 formation with Griezmann and Correa as forwards. Right defender Sime Vrsaljko (1/0) is sidelined with injury, same as midfielder Augusto Fernandez (no performance so far), while central back Jose Gimenez (2/1) stands out as doubtful, but with chances to play.
- Atletico have won 8 of their last 10 matches against Athletic Bilbao.
Bilbao didn't look that impressive so far at the start of the season and are obviously struggling in attack. Atletico didn't show much better performances in offense recently, but I still believe that the visiting side has more individual quality and is working better as a unit for now. Draw can't be excluded, but I definitely don't see players of Bilbao managing to take all three here.