Our football match prediction:
San Mames Barria will host the match between Athletic Bilbao and Atletico Madrid, what is expected to be the most entertaining game of Sunday’s program. The Lions were hold to a goalless draw by Leganes at the weekend, but they remained in the Europa League berth in the La Liga standings. Ernesto Valverde’s men are in the race for a place in the Champions League as well and we predict that the hosts will adopt an attack-minded approach in Sunday’s game against Atletico Madrid. Despite failing to impress against Real Betis at the weekend, Diego Simeone’s men recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over the Andalusian outfit and they are just six points behind league leaders Real Madrid, but beating Athletic Bilbao on the road is easier said than done. Ernesto Valverde’s men are tough to beat at home and considering that los Rojiblancos are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Sunday’s derby, we predict that under 2.5 goals will be scored in this one.
Highlighted Player (Gorka Iraizoz):
Gorka Iraizoz is a goalkeeper who plays for La Liga side Athletic Bilbao. Iraizoz was born in Pamplona on 6 March, 1981 and he is 191 cm tall. The Athletic Bilbao shoot-stopper started his senior career at Basconia, playing 20 matches for the club between 1999 and 2000. He played for La Liga side Espanyol in the past as well, but on 7 August, 2007 he signed for Athletic Bilbao. Iraizoz made a right decision when he joined the Basque outfit as he participated in the 2011/2012 Europa League final. However, he did not win the trophy with the Lions as Atletico Madrid rolled over Athletic Bilbao in the title game. He made it to the Copa del Rey final on three occasions with Athletic Bilbao, but he failed to win the Spanish Cup trophy with the Basque team. Gorka Iraizoz made six appearances for the Basque Country, but he has yet to make his Spain debut.
Highlighted Team (Atletico Madrid):
Atletico Madrid are a Spanish team that plays in Primera Division (La Liga). Los Rojiblancos or los Colchoneros play their home matches at Estadio Vicente Calderon, which holds up to 54,960 spectators. Atletico Madrid have won 10 La Liga titles, but they have yet to lift the European Cup (Champions League) trophy. Los Rojblancos have won 10 Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup) trophies and it has to be noted that they defeated their bitter local rivals Real Madrid in the 2012/2013 Spanish Cup final. The rivalry between the two capital clubs is pretty big and El Madrileno is regarded as one of the most exciting derbies in the world football. Atletico Madrid played two Champions League finals under Diego Simeone, but they failed to beat Real Madrid in the title games (2013/2014 and 2015/2016). However, the Argentine tactician helped Atletico Madrid win the La Liga trophy in 2014 and, no doubt, he is one of the most successful coaches in the history of the capital club.