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Real Madrid Chases Big Points in Bilbao Before the BreakPublished March 18, 2017 by Florin P
The gap between Real Madrid and Barcelona has shrunk and the visitors are in dire need of victory over Athletic Bilbao (3:15 p.m UK Time).
Real Madrid is trailing Barcelona by one point, yet the team has one game in hand. When the Champions League resumes, the most important European competition will be the focal point of attention. Meanwhile the former champions need to focus on the task at hand, which is to defeat Athletic Bilbao. This is the last match before the short break and they need to make sure they finish at the top of the standings.
Athletic Bilbao Wins Rare Match on the Road
Bilbao won the Derby of the Basques after scoring two unanswered goals against Real Sociedad. All their important players have returned from injuries and are likely to feature in the starting formation. The home side will need every help it can get against Real Madrid, now that the visitors are in dire need of points.
Unlike other Spanish squads playing against Real Madrid, they won’t defend for 90 minutes. Home pitch advantage compels them to push forward right from the start, but this is a two-edged blades. Athletic Bilbao has plenty of offensive quality and could catch the visitors off-guard, but their defensive concerns are far from over. Conceding an early goal could spell disaster against such tough opposition.
Impressive Road Record for Real Madrid
The visitors have prevailed in both rounds of the Champions League and were equally impressive in the domestic championship. Overall, they scored 10 goals on the road in the last three matches and dominated better teams than Athletic Bilbao. They can’t afford to settle for one point in this match, as Barcelona is already creeping up behind them.
This match has the potential of resulting in a goal-scoring festival, with both teams having capable strikers. Punters can bet on more than 2.5 goals to be scored or take the odds of 7/10 offered by bet365 Sports on a Real Madrid victory.