Another one goes in the net! Athletic Bilbao will be hosting bitter rivals Atletico Madrid in their new stadium San Mames on April 20th at 2:45pm EST. Be sure not to miss a single moment of the La Liga action online here!
There is a lot at stake for both of these teams when they meet on the pitch in the north end of Spain. Athletic Bilbao is riding a two-game winning streak and have their eyes on a Champions League berth for next season. Atletico Madrid will bring a much stronger overall record into this game with 24 wins, 5 ties and only 4 losses. While Madrid may have the stronger offense, Bilbao will not roll over at home and give this one away. Catch every corner kick online here!
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It is the number one spectator sport in the world for a reason. The fans of La Liga and of these two teams are like none other in any professional sport. This game will no doubt draw another sellout crowd of over 53,000 to the new stadium which was opened in 2013. Athletic is a strong team throughout and will be a true test for Madrid.
The Bilbao squad has a strong defense, healthy mid-field and good reserves. The line-ups for these two teams are slightly different and may prove to be a deciding factor in how goals will be attained in this contest. Atheltic like to run with a 4-2-3-1 set-up while the Madrid team will likely show a rigid 4-4-2 formation.
However they decide to play, the Madrid team are coming in with more production from their offense, and with a stronger goaltender. The Madrid footballers may be too much for the Athletic team to manage. On the other side of the field, keep an eye on Bilbao’s midfielder Raul Garcia, 29. Raul gave his team their only goal in their last game against Malaga CF and is a threat to score every time he touches the ball.
What do you think HollywoodLifers? Who would you like to see take a victory in this battle for Spanish supremacy? Will you be rooting for Bilbao or Madrid? Let us know in the comments below!