Table-toppers Atletico Madrid will lock horns against Athletic Club in Matchday 18 of the LaLiga on Saturday, January 9. The match will be played at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid and will begin at 8:45 PM IST. Here's a look at how to watch Atletico Madrid vs Athletic club live stream, team news, and our prediction for the same.
Table-toppers Atletico Madrid might have a two-point lead over arch-rivals Real Madrid, but Los Blancos have two games in hand. Thus, the onus is on the Rojiblancos to keep their charge going and mount a serious challenge for their first title since the 2013/14 season. Diego Simeone's side have won four straight games in the LaLiga since their defeat in their Madrid derby but suffered a shock defeat against Cornella in the Copa Del Rey second round on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Bilbao have struggled for form in recent times, and have just two wins in their last 11 games. Athletic Club suffered defeat against Barcelona in their last game but will look to arrest their slide and close the gap of fifth-placed Real Sociedad. Los Leones will hope to recapture their best form under new manager Marcelino, and a visit to Atletico is one of the sternest tests this season. The hosts are favourites, but Bilbao like against Barcelona, are likely to make life difficult for their opponents.
Atletico Madrid will miss the services of Jose Gimenez who picked up another injury. Diego Simeone rotated his XI for the defeat against Conrella, but is likely to resort to his first choice team against Athletic Bilbao. Stefan Savic is expected to return to the starting XI, while Luis Suarez is also set come back to the XI. Athletic Bilbao are likely to see Iker Munian return to the XI, with Yeray Alvarez, Unai Lopez and Peru Nolaskoain are ruled out.
Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Club will not be live streamed on any Indian channel. However, Atletico Madrid vs Athletic Club live stream will be available to watch for free on LaLiga India’s official Facebook page. For in-match highlights, one can follow the social media handles of the both teams and LaLiga.