All four of Athletic’s LaLiga meetings versus the ‘Big 3’ – Atletico Madrid, Barcelona & Real Madrid this season produced over 2.5 goals, with both teams scoring.
Mid-table Athletic Bilbao remain hard to beat despite only two LaLiga victories in 11, as this includes a whopping eight draws. Winning just two of 16 H2H LaLiga battles since the beginning of 2013 does little for their rapidly fading European aspirations, with this season marking their lowest points tally at this stage of any of their last seven campaigns. Whilst it’s six LaLiga home fixtures without defeat for Athletic, they kept only one clean sheet during that run – the same amount they’ve managed over the last eight H2Hs here. Nonetheless, they’ve conceded less than a goal-a-game here over the LaLiga season, with just five games producing over 2.5 match goals.
Embroiled in a four-way battle for their first LaLiga crown since 2013/14, back-to-back wins without conceding has put Atlético Madrid back in control of their destiny. Unsurprisingly, they top the league charts for clean sheets with an impressive 50% success rate after 32 matches, yet they’ve failed to achieve that in seven of the previous nine H2H duels. For the first time this season, Atlético have gone three LaLiga away clashes without winning. However, the title contenders have conceded just an average of 0.73 goals per LaLiga away game in 2020/21, yet they’ve won just one of their latest eight LaLiga away battles when scoring one or less.
Alex Berenguer has scored three of Athletic’s last seven LaLiga home goals, two of which were the final match goal. Whereas Atletico winger Yannick Carrasco has three goals in as many games and scored the last time, his side won an away H2H back in September 2017. All four of Athletic’s LaLiga meetings versus the ‘Big 3’ (Atlético Madrid, Barcelona & Real Madrid) this season produced over 2.5 goals, with both teams scoring.