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Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction & Match Preview


Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction & Match Preview

Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao
Spanish La Liga
Date: Tuesday, 15 December 2020
Kick-off at 21:00 UK/ 22:00 CET
Venue: Alfredo di Stefano Stadium (Madrid).

Real Madrid will be aiming to build on a 2-0 over their local rivals Atletico Madrid when they take on Athletic Club in yet another home fixture. 

Los Blancos are eyeing their fourth consecutive win in all competitions, and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in the midweek fixture. 

Real Madrid have been producing fine displays ever since Sergio Ramos recovered from his injury, and even though Eden Hazard remains in the recovery room, home win should be considered.

The Lions, on the other hand, played out a 2-2 draw with Valencia at Estadio de Mestalla at the weekend. 

The Basque outfit aim to put an end to their three-game winless run in La Liga, but given Real Madrid’s current form, we predict that Gaizka Garitano’s men are going to return home empty-handed. 

In their last meeting in the Spanish top flight Real Madrid defeated Athletic Club thanks to Sergio Ramos’ goal.

Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Real Madrid Athletic Bilbao played so far 46 matches.
Real Madrid won 31 direct matches. Athletic Bilbao won 8 matches. 7 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 3.22 goals per Match.

Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction

Real Madrid in actual season average scored 1.89 goals per match. In 7 (77.78%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 5 (55.56%) matches in season 2020 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Athletic Bilbao average scored 1.32 goals per match in season 2020. In 10 (76.92%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 8 (61.54%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Madrid will again be without the services of Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic through injury, while Mariano Diaz and Martin Odegaard remain doubts for Tuesday's contest in the capital.

Zidane will also be unable to call upon Casemiro as the Brazil international is suspended due to the booking that he picked up against Atletico, meaning that fit-again Federico Valverde could earn a recall in midfield.

Rodrygo Goes and Marco Asensio are among those pushing for spots in the side, but it seems likely that Lucas Vazquez and Vinicius Junior will again support from Karim Benzema in the final third of the field.

As for Athletic, Peru Nolaskoain will again miss out through injury, while Mikel Vesga has emerged as a doubt, having been replaced at the interval against Valencia.

Unai Lopez is on standby to come in for Vesga if the midfielder is unable to recover for this match, but Garitano could otherwise stick with the same side that featured against Los Che.

Raul Garcia came off the bench to score at the Mestalla, but Asier Villalibre could again lead the attack with support from Inaki Williams, Iker Muniain and Alex Berenguer.

Possible starting lineups: