Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview. Check the match preview, betting tips, useful info and betting predictions for the match between Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid in La Liga.
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid Match Preview
Athletic Bilbao will look to ease the unrest over the looming relegation threat but up next for them are the Champions Real Madrid. This Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid clash is scheduled to be played at the San Mames Barria on Saturday, December 2., so read the betting preview, betting tips and predictions for this game.
San Mames is not one of those grounds which La Liga sides enjoy going to. The atmosphere at the proud Basque stadium is a conundrum and has made life miserable for many top sides including Real Madrid in the past. However, this season has not been particularly good for Athletic who have been struggling to pick up points and maintain consistency. They currently are 16th in the La Liga table after 13 games (13 pts, W3 D4 L6). They are just six points above the relegation zone and there is a risk of being pulled into the relegation battle if things don’t improve fast. This is a fall from grace for the Athletic side which has consistently challenged for European places. They have won just one of their last 10 league matches and average just 1.33 points at home – a place which most clubs used to dread!
Things haven’t been smooth for Real Madrid either. The Champions find themselves fourth in the table (27 pts, P13 W8 D3 L2) and they are behind arch rivals Barcelona by eight points. Bigger leads have been chased down in the past, but Madrid know that they are always playing catch-up and their best chance lies in stitching together a consistent run and hoping for a slip from the Catalans. For that, the visitors need to be back in shape and form against Bilbao because loss of points could be devastating for their title hopes.
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid H2H
Real Madrid have dominated Athletic Bilbao in the recent fixtures having won 23 of their last 26 against them in all competitions. Madrid won all of the last four meetings with three of those coming in an identical 2-1 margin. Athletic have won only one of their last seven league matches at home against Madrid (D1 L5). That win came, back in 2015.
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid Team News
Atheltic will be without Iker Muniain, Benat Etxebarria, and Oscar De Marcos due to injuries while Aymeric Laporte is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card.
Real Madrid could be at full strength with Gareth Bale making a comeback in the midweek.
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid Probable Line-ups
Athletic Bilbao: Arrizabalaga, Boveda, Nunez, Etxeita, Balenziaga, Rico, Iturraspe, Williams, Garcia, Susaeta, Aduriz.
Real Madrid: Navas, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Isco, Benzema, Ronaldo.
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid Predictions
Real to win and both teams to score
On current form, it is tough to see how Athletic can stop their illustrious visitors. Stranger things have happened on the field, but this game looks Madrid’s for the taking. Back them to win the match and we also feel that there would be goals at both ends in this Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid fixture.