Atletico Madrid 1-0 Athletic Club – Betting Review
Looking at the 1×2 market first. Atletico Madrid was the favourite just over odds-against price @ 2.10, and although the goal came quite late, it was fully deserved.
Moving onto the Asian handicap betting for this contest. Atletico Madrid gave away a standard -0.5 start to Athletic Club. The Basques were never comfortable and deservedly got nothing from the game, they did however give their backers hope (of a 0-0) with a committed and largely defensive showing. As mentioned, Simeone normally gets his team will be motivated for this type of high-octane football match, and that he did. Atletico -0.5 won @ 2.11.
Looking at The Under/Over goal betting last of all where the line is well placed at 2.25. It was another typical vintage Atletico win by the minimum, seeing the Under win @ 1.79.
Thanks to a fantastically taken late goal by the clear man of the match Antoine Griezmann, Atletico Madrid managed to break down and seal the points against a stubborn and defensive Bilbao.
The host showed all the ambition the longer the game went on, while the Basques became increasingly defensive and lacked outlets. It was a tremendous second half from the home side, not generating a tonne of chances but dominating the game in all aspects.
Griezmann was everywhere on the pitch but most importantly, he scored a superb solo winner for Atlético Madrid when they were most commanding.
It was a hard working and spirited Athletic club performance but they didn’t create much and were just held off once behind. 1-0 is a perfect reflection of this match.
The Metropolitano was in positive mood from kick off and although quietened due to a dull first half hour without big chances, always behind their side.
It was a cagey opening and took well over half an hour to get going.
Towards the end of the half both sides missed a big chance each. Atletico’s fell to Yannick Carrasco, but he wasted a 1v1 and the shot was saved. He did have runners to square the ball to, much to the frustration of the team and boss at the time
The Basque then threatened on the break with the speedster Inaki Williams set up Dani García for what would have been a tap in but for inches.
The home side bossed the second half and looked increasingly dangerous
Carrasco once again came close while at the other end, Atletico needed to keep a close eye on Nico Williams.
Griezmann worked hard for the team both defensively and going forward, was at the heart of everything it seems. His class eventually decided the game, firing left footed into the corner.
Atletico boss Diego Simeone will naturally be delighted with another clean sheet, it was a perfect match before a crunch Madrid derby next weekend.