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Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Atletico and Valencia likely to play out mundane Mestalla clash

Athletic primed to start with a bang

Diego Simeone's Atletico Madrid are tough to break down
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Valencia v Atletico Madrid 7pm
Both teams have scored in just one of the last five meetings between these sides and their opening-weekend encounter in Valencia could be a tentative affair.

Atletico boasted the best defensive record in La Liga last term, conceding just 22 goals, and can sound out a Valencia outfit who fired two blanks in their final four league games in 2017-18.

Under 1.5 goals
1pt 15-8 BetBright

Key stat
Last season's meeting at the Mestalla ended goalless.

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Athletic Bilbao v Leganes 9pm
Athletic Bilbao were languishing in the lower echelons of La Liga last term but can kick off the new season with a win against Leganes.

The hosts won the corresponding fixture 2-0 last season and could have too much for a Leganes side adjusting to a mass influx of players this summer.

Athletic Bilbao
2pts 4-5 BetBright, Betway, 188Bet

Key stat
Athletic Bilbao lost just five home matches in La Liga last campaign.

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Atletico boasted the best defensive record in La Liga last term, conceding just 22 goals
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