After a frustrating few days, Kev's looking to be swept up by a heartwarming goodbye in Madrid.
"Atletico and Diego Simeone feed off emotion, and what could be more emotional than the end of an era at the Vicente Calderon?"
Atletico Madrid v Athletic Club
Sunday 21 May, 15:45
Live on Betfair Live Video
A Swedish snore-a-thon last night, as Halmstads played out a goalless draw with Orebro, the very opposite of what we wanted. We'll lick our wounds in the Spanish capital.
As Real Madrid prepare for their final push towards La Liga glory, their city rivals Atletico will be saying goodbye to one of the most atmospheric stadiums in Spain. The Vicente Calderon has been Atleti's home since 1967, and in the Diego Simeone era, it has been the base for a team that has challenged for honours at home and abroad.
Simeone has described the Calderon as an important place in his life, as he has made the transition from player to coach. Sunday afternoon could be incredibly emotional, as it may feature a few goodbyes. Simeone says he'll discuss his future with the club on Monday, while despite star forward Antoine Griezmann's repeated denials regarding a possible exit, the French international continues to be linked with Manchester United.
Atleti have won five of their last six home games in La Liga, but they take on an Athletic Bilbao side still pushing for a Europa League place. The Basque outfit don't lack motivation, but they do lack form, having claimed a solitary point from their last two games. Their bitter rivals Real Sociedad are level on points, and hoping to snatch sixth spot, although fifth-placed Villarreal are only a point ahead.
Atleti have problems in defence, with Diego Godin, Filipe Luis and Jose Gimenez all banned. Despite such issues, I believe Simeone and a passionate crowd can push Atleti over the finish line against an Athletic Club side that hasn't won at the Calderon since January 2011.
Back Atletico Madrid to win at 2.26/5
Points Staked: 76
Points Returned: 66.64
P/L: -9.36 points