Sports Innovation previews the Copa del Rey match between Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid and offers team stats, betting tips and the latest odds.
Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid meet at San Mames on Thursday night to secure a place in the semi-finals of the Copa del Rey trophy. While they already enjoy consistent success in La Liga, Blancos have already lifted the Spanish Supercup. Obviously, Carlo Ancelotti’s side will be hoping to make it all the way in this competition as well.
However, they face a tricky opponent tonight as Bilbao look to manifest their win over Barcelona in the Round of 16. Though, Los Leones have suffered defeat three times across all competitions against Madrid in the past. This evening will bring some entertaining action in the Spanish tournament.
Stats and facts for Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid.
Facts are calculated for Copa del Rey
- Athletic Bilbao scored in the last 18 of 20 matches;
- Athletic Bilbao conceded in the last 9 of 11 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 3.5 in Athletic Bilbao’s last 2 of 4 matches;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Athletic Bilbao’s last 2 of 4 matches.
- Real Madrid has won in the last 4 of 5 matches when playing away;
- Real Madrid scored in the last 26 of 28 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Real Madrid’s last 13 of 15 matches;
- Real Madrid conceded in the last 11 of 13 matches.
Lineup Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid
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Current form — Athletic Bilbao v. Real Madrid
The form of both teams is one of the biggest things to consider before placing a bet on the upcoming game.
Bilbao aiming for a win
Athletic Bilbao will be out to extend their recent positive form. Their previous three games brought home six points as they suffered a 2-0 loss against Real Madrid in the Super Cup final. However, the other two games were a 3-2 victory over Barcelona and a 1-0 away win over Vallecano.
Madrid look for another trophy
Real Madrid look to continue their current momentum with another positive result. They have been in excellent form this season given their dominance over La Liga. In their recent three games, they managed to get seven points. A 2-0 win over Bilbao was followed by a victory over Elche by 2-1. Their latest encounter was a 2-2 draw Elche, though Blancos secured a place in the next phase on aggregate score.
Real Madrid qualified from the Round of 1/8 in dramatic fashion needing extra time to knock out Elche.
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid – Fixture History
The fixture history of the two teams delivers good insights that are worth considering before making your predictions and bets on the upcoming game.
Real Madrid usually come out on the top
Real Madrid held on to a clean sheet in their last encounters with Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey. They ended up 4-0 winners in January 2006 and 1-0 winners in the same month. Perhaps something worth considering before settling on your next accumulator, depending on your betting strategy.
Full Time Betting
The bookmakers have the two sides more or less evenly matched in the betting market. If you fancy adding Athletic Bilbao to your accumulator, they will get you odds 2.75, as bookies predict they are in with a 36% chance of beating Real Madrid. If you wish to bet the draw, there are odds at 3.25 on offer, while an away win for Real Madrid is available at 2.63. Athletic Bilbao claimed all three points 5 times in their last 10 home league matches, while also drawing 1 game along the way. They had to endure 4 defeats in this run of games. Real Madrid won 7 of their last 10 league games away while drawing 1 time. They had to endure 2 defeats in this series of matches.
Athletic Bilbao managed to win without conceding a goal 3 times in their previous 10 league matches at San Mames Barria.
BTTS 1.75 vs 2.05 Over / Under – stats message
The bookies seem to think this match will see plenty of goals and betting on over 2.5 goals pays out at odds 2.05. A price that equals a 49% chance of this match seeing a minimum of 3 goals. Should you prefer a low scoring bet your best odds are 1.75 for under 2.5 goals. The last 10 home league matches for Athletic Bilbao saw an average of 2.6 goals a game. 6 of their last 10 home matches had over 2.5 goals. The last 10 away games for Real Madrid averaged 3 goals per game. 7 of the last 10 away matches for Real Madrid went over 2.5 goals.