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Match Preview: Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao

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Atletico Madrid will welcome Athletic Bilbao to the Wanda Metropolitano stadium, tomorrow evening at 21:00 (CET).

With El Clasico being rescheduled for December due to political tensions in Catalonia, Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao is now the La Liga derby game of the weekend.

And these clubs have a bit of rivalry between then also, as it is always entertaining to watch when a Madrid side faces a Basque opponent.

The Colchoneros are heading into the game on the back of a 1-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the UEFA Champions League midweek. They have, however, failed to register a victory in their last three La Liga encounters, two of which came at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

Bilbao are also struggling, as they are currently on a four-game streak without a win, collecting just two points in the process.

They travel to the capital as the eighth-best team in La Liga, three points behind fifth-placed Atletico Madrid.

Team news

The Colchoneros remain without the services of long-term absentee Sime Vrsaljko, who is still in a recovery process following his knee surgery back in January.

Teenage sensation Joao Felix and Montenegro defender Stefan Savic are doubtful for the clash with Bilbao, as they both sat out the Champion League win over Leverkusen last Tuesday.

As for the visitors, Yuri Berchiche and Gorka Guruzeta will remain on the sidelines, while Ibai Gomez is also expected to miss the trip to Madrid with a groin injury.

Athletic Bilbao boss Gaizka Garitano, however, doesn’t have any fresh injury concerns ahead of the clash at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

Stats

Athletic Bilbao were victorious in their most recent encounter with Atletico Madrid, a 2-0 home win in last season’s 28th La Liga round.

Prior to that game, the Basques side had failed to register a win in each of the last 13 games against Atletico.

The Colchoneros are undefeated in their last 15 home games across all competitions, noting 10 wins and five draws in the process. Four of those draws, however, came in their last five outings at the Wanda Metropolitano stadium.

Athletic Bilbao’s last win away at Atletico came in January 2011. They’ve visited Diego Simeone’s side 10 times in all competitions since then, losing on nine occasions.

The Basque side is yet to register an away win in the 2019-20 campaign. They’ve noted three draws and one defeat in the four games on the round this season.

Atletico Madrid’s three-game winless run at home in their worst in the league since October – November 2017. The last time they failed to win four home games in a row was in the period between April and August in 2007.

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