Atletico Madrid – Athletic Bilbao: 21th May 2017
After an excellent season finish in the field of the results of the Primera Division, the team of Cholo Simeone secured his position on the podium of the mathematical rankings, following the Real Madrid and FC Barcelona grandees. The consistent game played by Atletico still had small gaps, and it was defeated two-step ahead of Villarreal’s own supporters (score 0-1). In the prospect of a duel against Bilbao, Atletico will not be based on Filipe Luis, Gimenez and Godin, the three being suspended. Also, Barragan, Juanfran and Vrsaljko are uncertain.
On the other hand, Athletic Bilbao is one of the few bands that have a definitive goal at the end of the season. It occupies the 6th position in La Liga with a total of 63 cumulative points, being at a length after Villarreal and points draw with Real Sociedad, the team ranked No. 7 in the Primera Division . The Basque Country team has to get at least the same result in the capital of Spain as Real Sociedad on the Celta Vigo. Otherwise, Athletic may be losing the in-extreme position of the Europa League.
Looking over the direct results when the two teams met, we can note that Bilbao did not score in the last 7 matches on the Atletico field, 6 of which were lost. Leaving both this and the striking difference in value between the two teams, we can not think of Simeone’s team as the main favorite, despite the goal of Bilbao.