Preview: Athletic Bilbao v Real Madrid
Sports Mole provides an overview of Wednesday’s La Liga clash between Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid, including predictions, squad news and possible lineups.
La Liga leaders real Madrid will look to get back on their way to victory on Wednesday night when they travel to San Mames to face Athletics Bilbao.
Carlo AncelottiThe Sevilla squad are currently six points clear of second-placed Sevilla, second in the Spanish top flight, while Athletic sit in ninth, having collected 24 points in their opening 18 matches of 2021-2022.
Athletic have won five, drawn nine and lost four of their 18 La Liga appearances this season to collect 24 points, putting them in ninth place in the table, just five points behind fifth-placed Atletico Madrid.
Only Sevilla (two) and Real Madrid (one) have lost fewer La Liga matches than MarcelinoIt’s this season, but they had been on an eight-game losing streak in the league ahead of Sunday’s game with Real Betis.
The Athletic managed to find their way back to victory at San Mames this weekend, however, with Inaki williams scoring twice in a 3-2 victory, and the Basque side are now aiming for their sixth league win of the campaign.
The Lions, who finished 10th in Spain’s top flight last season, faced Real Madrid in the league earlier this month, suffering a 1-0 loss at the Bernabeu thanks to a first-half effort from Karim Benzema.
Athletic have actually been winless against Los Blancos in La Liga since March 2015, when they have lost five of the last six league games between the two teams, including a 1-0 loss to San Mames last season.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, saw their 10-game winning streak in all competitions come to an end on Sunday, when they were held in check by Cadiz at the Bernabeu.
Los Blancos, missing a number of first-team players due to the coronavirus, struggled to stand out against the Yellow Sub, but it has always been a great La Liga campaign so far for the League giants. capital, who have won 13, drawn four and lost one of their 18 matches to collect 43 points.
Despite their excellent form, Real Madrid are just six points ahead of second-placed Sevilla who are one game short, but Ancelotti’s side are 14 points ahead of defending champions Atletico. , and some 16 ahead of Barcelona, with both teams significantly behind. term.
Los Blancos are unbeaten in all competitions since a 2-1 loss to Espanyol in the league on October 3, with their incredible form of form also seeing them advance to the knockout stages of the Champions League as winners of section, but they received a difficult draw in the round of 16, with Paris Saint-Germain as opponents.
Ancelotti’s side will be aiming for their 14th campaign league win at San Mames before a busy start to January sees them face Getafe, Alcoyano, Valencia and Barcelona in three separate competitions in quick succession.
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Athletics will accommodate Dani Garcia back in their starting squad after a suspension, but the home side will once again be deprived of the services of a number of important players.
Indeed, Asier Villalibre, Dani Viviane, Peru Nolaskoain and Yuri Berchiche remain unavailable due to injury, while Inigo Martinez and Unai simon both came out following positive COVID-19 tests.
Dani Garcia could replace Mikel vesga in the middle of the park, while Oscar de Marcos scored the late winner against Real Betis on the bench, and the Spaniard’s impressive performance could earn him a start at right-back.
As for Real Madrid, Rodrygo, Gareth Bale, Marco asensio, Andriy Lunin and Marcelo came out following positive coronavirus tests, while Luka Modric will also miss the game despite testing negative for the virus.
Isco and David Alaba became the seventh and eighth players to test positive, while Dani Carvajal lost his battle to overcome a muscle problem in time for the game.
Casemiro is permanently absent after receiving a card against Cadiz, while Dani Ceballos is injured, which means there could be a start to central midfielder for Eduardo Camavinga next to Federico valverde and Toni kroos.
Edenic danger failed to make the most of his opportunity against Cadiz, and the Belgium international could now retire, with Lucas Vazquez potentially go further, which could allow Nacho enter the team from the right-back.
Possible starting lineup of Athletic Bilbao:
Agirrezabala; From Marcos, Yeray, Nunez, Balenziaga; N Williams, D Garcia, Vencedor, Muniain; R Garcia, me Williams
Possible starting eleven for Real Madrid:
Courteous; Nacho, Militao, Vallejo, Mendy; Valverde, Camavinga, Kroos; Vazquez, Benzema, Vinicius
We say: Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Real Madrid
Real Madrid will again be missing important players for this game, but it’s hard to ignore their recent record against Athletic. Los Blancos have been victorious in their last two league visits to San Mames, and we are backing the league leaders to get three more huge points here.
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