Spanish champions Real Madrid will look to build on their recent run of strong form as they host struggling Athletic Bilbao at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on Wednesday evening. Zinedine Zidane’s side will be favourites as they take on the Basque side who have just won four times in their last 19 outings.
Where and when: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu – 18 April, kick-off 20:30
Where you can see Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao: Sky Sports, William Hill
Last time: The two sides played out an uneventful scoreless draw when they clashed earlier in the campaign at the San Mames in early December. Sergio Ramos was shown a late red card for the visitors that day.
Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao Predictions and Preview
Madrid’s form has improved markedly since the turn of the year and have restored their position in the top three following their weekend win at Malaga.
Zinedine Zidane’s team also defeated both Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus in the Champions League this season and Los Blancos are now prioritising adding a fourth European Cup in five years rather than their remaining league fixtures.
Despite a morale-boosting recent victory at Villarreal, Athletic Club’s season reverted to type at the weekend with a shock home defeat to relegation-threatened Deportivo.
Athletic have just one win in five in all competitions and just four wins in 19 as they languish in 14th spot in La Liga.
The Spanish and European champions are favourites to win this clash at 7/25, while an unlikely away victory is available at 11/1 with the draw priced at 6/1.
A ‘double’ chance on an Athletic Club win or a draw is available at 10/3 while over 3.5 goals in the game is priced attractively at 24/25, with over 4.5 goals at 21/10.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Cristiano Ronaldo has netted 27 goals in his last 16 matches to take him up to 41 goals for Madrid this campaign. The Portuguese star is priced at 11/21 to score anytime in this fixture.
One to watch for Athletic Bilbao: Inaki Williams has nine goals in all competitions this season for Athletic and he netted in last week’s win at Villarreal. He is available at 5/1 to score at any point in this game.
Long shot: These two sides played out a 0-0 earlier in the campaign and a repeat scoreless draw in this game is available at 35/1.