Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid prediction, preview, team news and more
The Copa del Rey is back in action with another round of fixtures this week as Athletic Bilbao take on Real Madrid on Thursday. Both teams have impressive players in their ranks and will want to win this game.
Athletic Bilbao sit ninth in the La Liga table and have been quite inconsistent this season. The Basque side edged Rayo Vallecano to a 1-0 victory last month and will want a similar result this week.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, are currently top of the table and have been impressive this season. Los Blancos were held 2-2 by Elche in their previous match and will need to bounce back in this game.
Head to head Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid
Real Madrid have an impressive record against Athletic Bilbao and have won 36 of the 52 matches played between the two teams. Athletic Bilbao have nine wins against Real Madrid and will have to step up this game.
The previous meeting between the two teams was in the Spanish Super Cup final and ended in a 2-0 victory for Real Madrid. Athletic Bilbao were dominated that day and will have to prove a point this week.
Athletic Bilbao form guide: WWLWD
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Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid Team News
Unai Nunez and Asier Villalibre are struggling with their physical condition and might not feature in this game. Oihan Sancet picked up the injury against Barcelona last month and was ruled out of this match.
Injured: Oihan Sancet
Doubtful: Unai Nunez, Asier Villalibre
Karim Benzema, Ferland Mendy and Marcelo are currently injury issues for Real Madrid and won’t be included in the squad. Dani Carvajal has finished his quarantine but might not be risky in this game.
Injured: Gareth Bale, Ferland Mendy, Marcelo, Karim Benzema
Doubtful: Dani Carvajal, Vinicius Junior, Casemiro
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid Predicted XI
XI predicted by Athletic Bilbao (4-4-2): Unai Simon; Mikel Balenziaga, Inigo Martinez, Yeray Alvarez, Oscar De Marcos; Unai Vencedor, Dani Garcia, Iker Muniain, Alex Berenguer; Raul Garcia, Inaki Williams
Eleven predicted from Real Madrid (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois ; Nacho, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Lucas Vazquez; Eduardo Camavinga, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Marco Asensio, Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid Prediction
Real Madrid have managed to exceed expectations with their performances this season and will be aiming to complete a domestic sweep this season. With Benzema and Vinicius out this week, Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio will need to step up and lead Real Madrid’s attack.
Athletic Bilbao are fully capable of pulling off a positive result in this game and have proven themselves against the big names in Spain this season. Real Madrid have a better team though and should be able to win this game.
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Prediction: Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Real Madrid