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Real Madrid will be the visitors at Estadio San Mamés on Sunday for the La Liga clash with home side Athletic Bilbao.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Athletic Bilbao v Real Madrid can be seen below - plus the latest match odds.
Athletic Bilbao, who won their previous game, will hope for a similar result following the 0-2 La Liga success over Valencia.
In that match, Athletic Bilbao managed 49% possession and 12 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. The scorer for Athletic Bilbao was Raúl García (13', 47'). Valencia CF got 9 shots on goal with 1 of them on target.
In their prior six games, Gaizka Garitano's Athletic Bilbao have seen rewards for their attempts on goal a total of 9 times, an average number of goals per match equal to 1.5.
Their prior results show that Athletic Bilbao:
- haven't won against Real Madrid CF in their last 9 league matches.
- have not been beaten in their last 4 league matches at home.
Real Madrid go into this encounter following on from a 1-0 La Liga win in the defeat of Getafe in their most recent fixture.
In that game, Real Madrid had 67% possession and 8 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Real Madrid was Sergio Ramos (79'). Getafe CF had 10 attempts at goal with 3 of them on target.
A run of accomplished displays by the Real Madrid defence has seen their ‘goals against’ tally amounting to 2 from their last 6 clashes combined. Over that same period, the number of goals that they have scored themselves amounts to 12.
Their past results show that Real Madrid:
- have left without a victory over Athletic Bilbao when they've played them away from home in the last 2 league games.
- haven't been defeated by Athletic Bilbao in games played away from home for the previous 4 league matches. Travelling fans have really enjoyed these clashes.
- are unbeaten in their previous 2 away league matches.
Head to head
Looking over their most recent head-to-head clashes dating back to 18/03/2017 tells us that Athletic Bilbao have won 0 of these games and Real Madrid 2, with the number of drawn matches being 4.
A sum of 10 goals were produced between them in these games, with 3 of them for Los Leones and 7 netted by Los Blancos. That’s an average goals per game figure of 1.67.
The last league game featuring these sides was LaLiga match day 18 on 22/12/2019 which finished with the scoreline of Real Madrid 0-0 Athletic Bilbao.
In that match, Real Madrid managed 69% possession and 20 shots on goal with 8 of them on target.
For their opponents, Athletic Bilbao got 8 attempts on goal with 2 on target.
The referee was Adrián Cordero Vega.
Team News: Athletic Bilbao
It doesn’t get much better regarding selection, with just a single fitness concern for the Athletic Bilbao boss Gaizka Garitano to be concerned about from an otherwise fully-primed group of players. Beñat Etxebarria (Muscular problems) will miss out.
It’s our opinion that Los Leones look set to use a 4-2-3-1 system, beginning the first half with Unai Simón, Yuri Berchiche, Íñigo Martinez, Yeray Álvarez, Ander Capa, Dani García, Unai Núñez, Iñigo Córdoba, Raul Garcia, Iker Muniain and Iñaki Williams.
Team News: Real Madrid
Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has multiple availability issues to deal with. Lucas Vázquez (Calf Injury) and Luka Jovic (Foot Injury) can’t be considered.
From our viewpoint, Los Blancos seem likely to utilise a 4-3-3 lineup, giving starts to Thibaut Courtois, Daniel Carvajal, Éder Militão, Sergio Ramos, Ferland Mendy, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Federico Valverde, Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard.
We’ve got the feeling that Athletic Bilbao could well find it tough to register a score against this Real Madrid team who we think should win and very possibly keep a clean sheet.
We’re therefore expecting a good tussle with a 0-1 win for Real Madrid at the end of the match.
Expecting it to be tight.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio San Mamés (53,289)
Captain: Iker Muniain
Chairman: Aitor Elizegi
Manager: Gaizka Garitano
Competitions: LaLiga position 9, Copa del Rey (Final)
⭐ Key Man: Iker Muniain
Mostly taking up the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Iker Muniain was born in Iruñea, Spain. Having made his senior debut playing for Athletic Bilbao in the 2009 - 2010 season, the accomplished Midfielder has accumulated 5 league goals in the LaLiga 2019 - 2020 season so far in 25 appearances.