Free online soccer betting tips for Real M – Ath Bilbao
Real Madrid hosts Athletic Bilbao at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in a match from the 9th round of La Liga. It’s a pretty good time to deliver you our free online soccer betting tips.
For Real Madrid the international break came in the right moment. Los Blancos found them in some kind of a crisis as they didn’t win neither one of their last three matches and lost twice – once in La Liga and once in the Champions League. The Madrid press didn’t have any mercy at the manager Carlo Ancelotti who must now do his magic to get the team back to peak performance.
Despite their recent trouble Real Madrid are still leaders in La Liga. Los Blancos are on the top of the standings with 17 points which puts them on par with Atletico Madrid and Real Sociedad. They must be careful now, though – another mistake could change their situation very quickly.
What happened in Real Madrid’s last game? It didn’t go very well, that’s clear. Ancelotti’s boys faced Espanyol away from home, but suffered an unexpected 1-2 defeat at the RCDE Stadium in Barcelona. The Catalans already had two goals advantage after one hour as Raul de Tomas and Aleix Vidal found the net. Karim Benzema scored one back, but Madrid didn’t find a way to at least equalise.
In Barcelona Carlo Ancelotti switched back to 4-4-2 with Karim Benzema and Vinicius starting in attack. Instead of adding a third striker, Ancelotti opted to pick Federico Valverde as the fourth man in midfield. In the second half the manager went “all attack” and put Eden Hazard, Rodrygo and Luka Jovic on the pitch, but these substitutions didn’t lead to the result he desired.
Carlo Ancelotti still has a really bad luck when it comes to injuries. His left-backs Marcelo and Ferland Mendy are still not available which means that David Alaba is starting on the flank. At the same time Dani Carvajal, Dani Ceballos and Gareth Bale are all injured as well.
Most likely Ancelotti will rotate the line-up again, especially after losing the previous game. We expect to see him switching back to 4-3-3. Benzema and Vinicius look untouchable in attack while Eden Hazard could get back in the starting eleven. Another option for this is Rodrygo who is still trying to find his best shape again.
Hazard remains a problem for Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid. He arrived at the Bernabeu as the replacement of Cristiano Ronaldo, but he still can’t reach the levels from his time at Chelsea. He’s often plagued by injuries and he’s unable to show his true qualities. This could be the Belgian’s last season at the Bernabeu if he doesn’t show something different. The patience of the club and the fans is running out with every game.
Real Madrid’s captain Karim Benzema continues to deliver incredible performances with the white shirt. The French star have scored 9 goals in 8 La Liga appearances since the beginning of the season. Some of Madrid’s fans even think he should win the next Ballon d’Or. Benzema is among the 30 players who got nominated for the award, but is he going to win for a first time? Only time will tell. Benzema made some amazing performances in the Nations League with France, so he continues to prove his world class abilities.
Athletic Bilbao approach this visit to the capital from 7th place in the standings. Just before the break Los Leones put an end to their run of three consecutive matches without a win. Marcelino’s team hosted Deportivo Alaves at the San Mames Barria and snatched a difficult 1-0 win. The veteran Raul Garcia scored the only goal in the 44th minute when he executed an assist from Luque. For the 35-years old Garcia it was his first La Liga goal for the season.
This was Athletic’s third win for the 2021/22 season. Now the Basques are 7th in the table with 13 points and just one point behind the 4th Sevilla. This means that a win against Real Madrid could allow them to move to the Top 4. Just like their next opponent from the capital, Athletic have lost just once since the beginning of the campaign – against Rayo Vallecano.
Marcelino is unlucky to has some injured players in the team right now. Unai Nunez, Asier Villalibre, Peru Nolaskoain and Yuri are all recovering from their latest injuries. The medical staff is working with them on a daily basis, but it’s not clear when they would be ready to come back in action. Most likely these players won’t be able to play at the Bernabeu.
What Athletic need right now is more goals from the strikers. Inaki Williams scored just twice since the start of the season while Nico Williams, Iker Muniain and Alex Berenguer have zero goals in the campaign so far. The Basques have scored just seven goals in eight matches played so far which is far from enough in their case. Some people might say that right now Athletic don’t have enough quality in attack, but they are still good enough to produce more in the third part. Now it’s up to the manager Marcelino to make it work. He had enough time to change some things during the international break, so we shall see if something is different in their next game.
That’s our free online soccer betting tips for the La Liga clash between Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu. Los Blancos will try to return to winning after a bad run of results before the international break. That’s a perfect moment for them to raise the tempo and face Shakhtar Donetsk with much more confidence in the Champions League. Most likely Carlo Ancelotti will make some changes compared to the game against Espanyol and that’s a positive thing. Let’s see if Athletic can give them a fight, though – Athletic are a team that should not be underestimated.