Atletico Madrid will host Athletic Bilbao for the La Liga fixture at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano at 8:45 PM IST. The hosts have acquired the number one spot with 38 points while the visitors have occupied the ninth position with 21 points.
Atletico Madrid played 15 games out of which they won 12 games, lost one and drew twice. Athletic Bilbao had 18 games, they won six fixtures, lost nine games and had a draw thrice.
Atletico Madrid is having a good tournament so far as they lost just one game in the last 15 matches and conceded only six goals. The hosts will be looking forward to keeping up with their form to clinch the La Liga title.
Atletico Madrid is missing the services of their star striker Luis Suarez, they still have several team players starting the match.
In the head-to-head competition between the two teams, Atletico clearly has the upper hand as the beat Bilbao seven times in the last 10 league meetings. Atletico just lost once during that time.
In the previous season, Atletico won the corresponding match 2-0 but was held to a 1-1 draw in the return.
Luis Suares will return to the fold for Atletico Madrid, while Stafen Savic will also return from suspension. Center-back Jose Gimenez picked up an injury in Wednesday’s loss and will miss out on the upcoming game.
Athletic Bilbao has no issues regarding injuries and can field their best line up for the game against Atletico.