Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao Betting Tips La Liga

Real Madrid will look to retain their grip at the top of La Liga on Sunday evening when they play host to Athletic Bilbao at the Santiago Bernabeu. The final La Liga match of 2019 is scheduled to start at 9:00 pm local time (1:30 am IST) on December 22 and here, you will find the Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao betting tips with preview, predictions, and match odds. Also, dive deeper into football betting with our latest odds right here.

Match Facts

  • Real Madrid have a superior record against Athletic Bilbao at home in all competitions, winning 14 of their last 15 home matches.
  • Defensively speaking, Los Galacticos are the second strong side this season in La Liga, conceding just 12 goals in their 17 matches so far.
  • The hosts have also won six of their last seven matches at the Bernabeu in the league.
  • Athletic Bilbao have won just one of their last 10 away matches in La Liga.

Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao Betting Tips & Predictions

Real Madrid are sure to start this match as the heavy favourites. After a stunning, defensive performance against FC Barcelona that ended in a draw, the Madridistas will be eager to find their winning ways and they couldn’t have asked for a better match. Zinedine Zidane will fancy himself a nice Christmas present here in the form of a dominating win.

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Here are our top predictions:

BetOddsSite
Both teams to score1.98LeoVegas
Over 2.5 goals to be scored1.65888Sport
Gareth Bale to score anytime2.5010CRIC

Real Madrid League Form: W-W-W-W-D-D

Real Madrid are having themselves a season they will be proud of. With La Liga firmly in their palm, bolstered only by an impeccably sound defense, the Los Galacticos have got a very good chance to finally win the league this year. Zinedine Zidane, even in the absence of Ronaldo, has done a fantastic job.

Following a rather shaky start to the season, they have come a long way. Now, sitting at the second place with 36 points – the same as the league leaders FC Barcelona with only a goal difference of two goals separating them, pretty much anything can happen here. In the 17 league matches played so far, Real Madrid have lost just one match – a feat that speaks scores for itself.

In their last two outings against Valencia and of course, the famed El Clasico they played in Barcelona, the 13-time Champions League winner had to settle for a draw. Nonetheless, it is still a highly satisfactory performance which is bound to get better with time. Their last defeat in all competitions can be traced back to October, when they fell to Mallorca by 1-0. Since then, it’s been all wins and a handful number of draws for Zidane’s men.

Key Playmakers:

Karim Benzema will lead the attack as usual, with Gareth Bale expected to join the line. Casemiro will miss this match due to a suspension, with Eden Hazard and Marcelo also out due to injury. Nonetheless, with the likes of Luka Modric and Isco, Real Madrid should hardly face any major difficulties.

Athletic Bilbao Form: D-W-W-W-L-D

Things haven’t been all that bad for Athletic Bilbao this season although, they can definitely benefit from a few commanding victories. Currently sitting at the 8th place with 27 points, they are just 9 points behind the league leaders themselves. With a little bit of belief, this team can do wonders.

In fact, just like Real Madrid, the team from Bilbao has conceded just 12 goals this season and while that seems incredibly impressive, their drawback lies in their failure to perform away from home. As visitors this season in La Liga, they have managed just one win.

Last weekend, they were held to a goalless draw at home by Eibar, which was preceded by a nail-biting 3-2 defeat against Real Betis. Joaquin scored a hat-trick in that match, early in the first half and for the rest of the game, Athletic Bilbao were left to try and pick up the defensive locks of the opposition. As the score reads, it wasn’t an truly an exercise in futility.

Key Playmakers:

Inaki Williams has got a big job in his hands here, but given his side’s record when playing as visitors, it may be a bit too big of an ask. However, with the likes of Raul Garcia also present in the team, the duo can definitely try to make things troublesome for the likes of Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane.

Where to Bet on Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao:

All the leading football bookmakers are set to cover this match, offering an incredible selection of odds. We can expect Real Madrid to sail to a comfortable victory at home and retain their position in the La Liga, heading for the winter break.

BetOddsSite
Both teams to score1.98LeoVegas
Over 2.5 goals to be scored1.65888Sport
Gareth Bale to score anytime2.5010CRIC