Real Madrid must beat Athletic Club to keep their La Liga title hopes alive. Los Blancos are embroiled in a three-horse race alongside rivals Barcelona and bitter neighbours Atletico Madrid, who have led the league for a large chunk of the campaign. Elsewhere, Bilbao sit in ninth and have taken part in two cup finals this term.
Where and when: San Mames, Bilbao – 16 May, kick-off 17:30
Where you can see Athletic Club vs. Real Madrid: Not televised
Last time: Los Blancos toppled Bilbao 3-1 in the capital.
Athletic Club v Real Madrid Predictions and Preview
Los Leones operate in a 4-4-2 formation with Inaki Williams and Raul Garcia in attack. The latter famously won the championship in 2014 with Atletico, and numerous other honours during his successful eight-year tenure with Los Rojiblancos, and will relish ending Real’s title hopes.
The veteran is 7/1 to break the deadlock and his compatriot can be found at 9/1. It was not long ago Williams was a target for Manchester City, while the speedster confirmed the Red Devils were also interested in his services in 2019 but the Spain international is fiercely loyal and keen to end his career at San Mames.
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Iker Muniain has missed the last five games through injury and the clash with Madrid has come too soon for the skipper. Asier Villalibre and Oihan Sancet are 11/2 and 17/2, respectively, to register anytime and Athletic are 15/4 to claim the spoils. A draw is 3/1.
Travelling party Real are likely to end the season trophyless, leading to Zinedine Zidane’s departure. The World Cup winner has cut a tired figure in recent months and would be fondly received by the Turin locals if he replaced Andrea Pirlo in the Juventus dugout.
27-goal Karim Benzema has shone. The striker dragged Madrid to the Champions League last four stage and has kept his employers in domestic contention until the final weeks of the term. The ex-Lyon youngster is 3/1 to open proceedings and Marco Asensio is available at 6/1.
Fellow forward Eden Hazard was brought in to lessen the burden on Benzema, but has struggled to justify his hefty fee. The former Chelsea fan favourite could be put up for sale in the summer but has a good relationship with his manager and is 11/2 to score last. Real are 4/6 to get the win.
One to watch for Athletic Club: Alex Berenguer has 12 goal contributions from 33 appearances and is 5/1 to bag anytime.
One to watch for Real Madrid: Isco is a forgotten man but will be called in to action due to the mounting absentee list. The playmaker is 7/1 to notch last.
Long shot: Historically, Los Leones have proved stiff opposition for the likes of Barcelona, Sevilla, Real Madrid and Valencia. In addition, Bilbao have taken something from 14 of their 18 home fixtures and the visitors’ backline, which lacks pace, is there to be got at. A 3-1 success for Marcelino’s men is 50/1.