This match is not from the past, but from the future. Athletic Bilbao will host Real Madrid at home. Bilbao interrupted a series of unsuccessful matches, beating future rival “Zenith” “Betis” 3: 2. A bright victory, and the Basques lost in the second half, but in the end they were lucky – a rebound. It was an atypical match for Bilbao – a lot of goals scored.
Not so long ago, the teams played in Madrid: there was a victory of “Real” – 1: 0, scored, of course, Benzema. But “Athletic” looked no worse then. “Real” created a lot in the last game with “Cadiz”, but the ball stubbornly did not go into the goal. We played 0: 0, although we struck under 30 shots, almost 10 on target. The goalkeeper Ledesma worked miracles, and the Cadiz players played selflessly. A little “Real” stumbled.
At Real Madrid, many are in quarantine. Athletic also has such problems: Unai Simon, the main goalkeeper, Iñigo Martinez, has a coronavirus, Bercice is recovering from an injury, Villalibre will not play. And “Athletic” left a lot of strength and emotions in the match with “Betis”. So, most likely, it will be a grassroots game. Bilbao will definitely not rush to this “Real”, and Madrid is unlikely to have so much strength to put all the trump cards on the table at the end of the year. As a rule, Madrid have recently been playing the lower classes, and here it is also likely.
My prediction is “total under 2.5 goals”.
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