On a night boasting an impossibly-bountiful array of football-betting fodder, the Primera Division produce is the most edifying on offer.
Both on 75 points at the top of the table, Barcelona lead Atletico by virtue of a superior head-to-head record, while Real Madrid are just a point behind the pair.
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Diego Simeone’s men have beaten the Basques in six of their last seven meetings (drawing the outlier) and arrive at San Mames on a three-game winning streak.
Boasting the divison’s meanest rearguard, their hopes of shutting out the hosts are further enhanced by the injury absence of Bilbao top scorer Aritz Aduriz.
Even prior to the heroic veteran’s mishap, goals had been hard to come by at home, where Athletic have scored twice or more in only one of their last eight games.
It’s widely assumed that the spluttering Blaugrana machine will roar back into life against opposition who have won twice in 23 matches.
Nonetheless, they’ve failed to best Depor in the sides’ last two tete-a-tetes, the most recent of which came at Camp Nou amid the hosts’ ongoing barren run.
Winless in four and losers at mid-table Real Sociedad in their last divisional road assignment victory for the visitors is far from a foregone conclusion.
Los Blancos have been almost entirely imperious at home, squashing 13 of their last 14 guests by a minimum two-goal margin and going four games without concession.
Yet they’ve failed to best the sides above them in the division at the Bernabeu this term and Villarreal, in fourth, have been running them close of in recent meetings.
El Submarino Amarillo bested Zinedine Zidane’s men at the Madrigal earlier this term and held them in the capital last season.
Recently capable of both low-scoring grinds and free-scoring fare on their travels, they’ve lost just twice in 14 away games, making them far from straightforward conquests.