Tip Real Madrid - Athletic Bilbao
Real Madrid's poor season (by their standards) is reaching a rather uneventul ending. Their only real target is to finish second in La Liga above local rivals Atletico Madrid. Real are four points behind them with six games left to play. They have only won one of their last three league games and last weekend had to come from behind to get a point at Leganes. At home, Real have won their last three games and have won 11 of their 16 this season.
Athletic Bilbao are seventh in the table but were in the relegation zone earlier this year. Their strange season saw them win in August but have to wait until December for their next league victory. They have won four of their last five league games (the other being an away defeat at Getafe) and begin this weekend in the final Europa League position a point clear of Alaves. Away from home, Bilbao have won two and lost two of their last four games. They have only won three away league matches this season and two of those came against sides currently in the bottom four. Real Madrid can get the home win here.
Key points Real Madrid - Athletic Bilbao
Real Madrid have won their last three games.
Real Madrid have won 11 of their 16 home league games this season.
Athletic Bilbao have only won three away league games.
Conclusion Real Madrid - Athletic Bilbao
A battle to finish second is not quite what Real Madrid are used to in April. They are four points behind Atletico Madrid and would loathe finishing below them in the table. They host Athletic Bilbao who have turned a relegation fight into a bid to qualify for the Europa League. Their away form isn't great though with just one league win against a side not currently in the bottom four. Real Madrid can get the win in this game.
Real Madrid Athletic Bilbao Prediction published on April 18, 2019