Atletico to forge slender lead over ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ Athletic

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Athletic Bilbao are a team displaying two distinct faces in recent times; imperious at home and hapless on their travels.

Therefore, this trip to the Vincente Calderon in the Copa del Rey quarter-final first leg spells trouble once again for La Liga’s fourth-placed side.

Looking at the overall picture of this tie, Athletic’s stellar home form – where they’ve just won their last seven straight in all competitions – certainly gives them a real sniff at ousting the current holders.

However, their polar opposite away form – where the Biscay-based outfit are winless in four, losing three of those without registering a goal – means punters shouldn’t swerve the 4/11 on the Atletico home win.

Admittedly, these odds are hardly pulse-rate quickening, but predicting the scoreline can add some jazz to placing a bet on this headline Thursday night offering from Sky Sports.

In the league renewal of this very fixture in November, Diego Simeone’s title-chasers prevailed 2-0 and considering this opposition have only notched once in the last four encounters with Atleti, the 11/2 about it finishing this way again stands out.

A quick look at Atletico’s recently dwindling average of one goal per game from their last five, though, adds even greater pulling power to the 11/2 on a 1-0.

If the correct score market is still a little dicey for you, then why not cover all bases with the simple, yet highly plausible bet on the Atletico win to nil at 6/5.

Having saved his best goal-scoring exploits for this competition last season, Atletico’s 23-goal revelation of the current campaign,Diego Costa, has suffered a three-game drought for the first time all season.

It’s a teasing 5/2 that he slips the scoring shoes back on in this first leg by registering the opening goal of this contest.

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