Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid predictions, preview, team news and more
Real Madrid are back in action with another crucial La Liga game this weekend as they host Athletic Bilbao at San Mames on Sunday. Real Madrid are still in the title race at the moment and cannot afford to lose any points in this game.
Athletic Bilbao currently sit ninth in the La Liga table and have been a rebirth force under Marcelino. The Basque giants were stunned by SD Huesca in their previous game and will have to bounce back this weekend.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, have fought admirably in the title race and are two points behind Atletico Madrid at the moment. Los Blancos beat Granada by a 4-1 margin earlier this week and will need a similar performance against Athletic Bilbao.
Head to head Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid
Real Madrid have a good record against Athletic Bilbao and have won 21 games out of a total of 29 games played between the two teams. Athletic Bilbao have only had three wins against Real Madrid and will need to be at their best this weekend.
The previous meeting between the two teams took place in the Spanish Super Cup earlier this year and ended in a 2-1 victory for Athletic Bilbao. Real Madrid suffered a stunning exit from the competition that day and cannot afford to have history repeat itself on Sunday.
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Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid team news
Peru Nolaskoain, Iker Muniain, Yuri Berchiche and Ander Capa are currently injured and have been excluded from the game against SD Huesca. Dani Garcia and Inigo Lekue have tested positive for the coronavirus and will be excluded from the team.
Injured: Peru Nolaskoain, Ander Capa, Dani Garcia, Inigo Lekue, Iker Muniain, Yuri Berchiche
Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez suffered long-term injuries and stayed on the sidelines for the remainder of the season. Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Ferland Mendy and Raphael Varane are also injured at the moment and have been excluded from this game.
Injured: Dani Carvajal, Lucas Vazquez, Sergio Ramos, Ferland Mendy, Raphael Varane
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid Prediction XI
Eleven predicted by Athletic Bilbao (4-4-2): Unai Simon; Mikel Balenziaga, Unai Nunez, Inigo Martinez, Oscar De Marcos; Jon Morcillo, Mikel Vesga, Unai Lopez, Alex Berenguer; Inaki Williams, Raul Garcia
XI predicted by Real Madrid (4-3-3): Thibaut Courtois; Miguel Gutierrez, Nacho, Eder Militao, Alvaro Odriozola; Casemiro, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos; Marco Asensio, Eden Hazard, Karim Benzema
Prediction Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid
Real Madrid have done well to deal with their injury crisis this season and have a tough job ahead of them this month. Los Blancos have some excellent players in their ranks and the likes of Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos will need to step up this weekend.
Athletic Bilbao have some impressive players in their ranks but have been plagued by inconsistencies this season. Real Madrid are known for their penchant for big games and hold the upper hand in this game.
Prediction: Athletic Bilbao 2-3 Real Madrid
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