Atletico Madrid were knocked out of the Copa del Rey by third division minnows UE Cornella this week, will be keen to put their cup woes behind them against a stubborn Bilbao.
Diego Simeone’s charges are still on top of the La Liga table with 38 points still with two games in hand, two ahead of second place Real Madrid.
The visiting Bilbao are a distant 17 points behind the league leaders in ninth place as they seek a positive result after going down 3-2 to Barcelona in a thrilling encounter on Wednesday evening.
Bilbao have only won once on their travels so far this season, picking up just six points from a possible 27 and face a stern test as Simeone’s men boast the best defence in the league and have 11 clean sheets so far this season.
What time does Atletico vs Bilbao start?
The game will kick off at 6:15pm Kenyan time at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Atletico vs Bilbao team news
Stefan Savic is expected to return to the home side’s starting XI after serving a one-match suspension.
Despite Simeone’s recent tactics that have seen him rotate his front line, Luis Suarez is expected to lead the attacking front, flanked by Yannick Carrasco and Angel Correa.
No changes are to be expected from Bilbao coach Marcelino as Iker Muniain, Inaki Williams and Raul Garcia are expected to retain their spots in the line-up.
Atletico vs Bilbao head to head
The Madrid side hold a steady advantage over their hosts, winning 24 out of the 41 matches played between these two sides.
Bilbao have only managed 11 wins and another 6 have ended in a draw, including a 1-1 draw when these sides last met in June last year.
Muniain was on target for the visitors as controversial forward Diego Costa scored Atletico’s goal.
Atletico vs Bilbao current form
Since going down 2-0 in the Madrid derby on December 12 last year, Atletico have won four successive matches, conceding only two times in the process.
Bilbao on the other hand have managed two wins and lost another two, with a 1-1 draw against Vilarreal being the only stalemate.
Atletico vs Bilbao predictions
This fixture has never failed to produce goals and this one will not be any different, a total of over 1.5 goals in the match is a definite outcome.
Though, with the best defense in the league and the enviable run of form Atletico are on, they should have what it takes to come out on top.