Competition: La Liga
Market: Under 2.5 goals
Odds: 5/6 @ Bet 365
In a real battle between two sides continuing to shine at the back, league leaders Real Madrid will make the trip to a resurging San Mamés Barria on Sunday lunchtime.
Starting with the hosts, once again gaining plenty of plaudits for what was a thumping 2-0 win away at a downbeat Valencia last time out, the mood in Athletic Bilbao’s camp should be on the rise. Really laying down a marker since returning from the enforced break and suddenly skyrocketing back into the European chase, Head Coach Gaizka Garitano has seen his side lose just one of their last eight La Liga contests, with that sole defeat coming in a 1-0 loss at the Nou Camp. Enjoying their brightest run of the season so far and conceding just 28 goals this year, Bilbao have also continued to shine on home soil. Losing just one of their last seven contests at the San Mamés Barria, a run that also saw them knock Barca out of the Copa del Rey prior to the break, Garitano’s men have conceded just a single goal from open play on home soil in over 400 minutes of action.
As for the visitors, picking up what could be a crucial 1-0 win against Europa League outfit Getafe earlier in the week, Real Madrid are now holding a four-point buffer at the top of the table and are in pole position to lift their first La Liga title since 2017. Picking up six wins on the bounce since returning from the enforced break, fans around the capital will be most impressed by their side’s continued performances at the back. Recording another clean sheet on Thursday, Los Blancos have now gone three contests on the bounce without picking the ball out of their own net, their best defensive run since the start of January. With four of the last five meetings between the two sides producing under 2.5 goals by the final whistle, we’re backing a similar outcome at the San Mamés Barria on Sunday lunchtime.
Bet: Under 2.5 goals at Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid 5/6 for Sunday’s La Liga showdown @ Bet 365