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Athletic Bilbao v Real Madrid: Mourinho’s men to clinch title

| 02.05.2012

Real Madrid have the chance to officially end Barcelona’s La Liga dominance on Wednesday, as comfortable 1/2 favourites to beat Athletic Bilbao and land the league crown.

Their hosts have enjoyed a terrific campaign themselves, with runs to the Copa del Rey and Europa League finals complementing a seventh place league standing.

They remain in the hunt for European qualification via their league standing, but will struggle to collect three points here, as reflected by their 5/1 price to do so.

A draw too could be a bridge too far for Marcelo Bielsa’s men, who have been beaten in their last three meetings with Real, so it could be worth avoiding backing the stalemate at 16/5.

Real have the best away record in Spain this term, recording a highly impressive 14 wins from 17 games on the road, and averaging well over two strikes in their away matches, look a good bet to win a game featuring three or more goals at 10/11.

Bilbao themselves have enjoyed accolades for their entertaining style this season, making their prospects of scoring in the game look good, so the 4/7 odds about both teams finding the net could be worth investment.

Both have registered in three of the past four meetings between these sides, and with a massive 20 goals spread across these games, the 10/11 odds on four or more goals in this match are very appealing.

Los Blancos’ penchant to start well on their travels should be noted here too, as Jose Mourinho’s charges have gone into just one away game behind by the break this term.

They are 11/10 to lead at half-time and full-time here, which deserves attention.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s personal duel for the La Liga Golden Boot is set to continue too, as he aims to put daylight between him and Lionel Messi by striking the opener at 5/2.

Each player currently has 43 seasonal league goals to their name.



John Klee