Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao
Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano, Madrid
Wednesday, 16-12-2020 @00hours
Ref: Jesus Gil
Real Madrid has to turn into winning ways soon in the league if they are to keep their La Liga title this season.
Entering the Champions League playoffs will improve the morale of Ramos and Co. as they were a bit down after successive winless games in their schedule.
Bilbao has been dropping points easily in the campaign this season and has 6 losses within their 11 league appearances until now.
With their shaky defense and poor form on the road, the visitor is not likely to test the home team in the middle for the upcoming clash on Tuesday.
Real came away from their derby with Atletico withot any new injuries but Zinedine Zidane may rotate his squad having played three crunch games in a space of a wekk. Eden Hazard, Luka Jovi, Martin Odegaard and Mariano Diaz are all injured, limiting Zidane’s options. Fede Valverde is most likely to start.
Bilbao have a fully-fit squad to choose from, with midfielder Peru Nolaskoain recovering from injury. Raul Garcia, Unai Lopez and Yeray Alvarez are at risk of suspension, having accumulated four yellow cards each. However, with a home game against Huesca next, it may not be too damaging should one or two of those players receive a suspension.
Four of their last six matches have ended in a draw..Their previous encounter gave a 0-1 away win for Los Blancos. The host has been unbeaten for the past ten meetings. The visitor has won only once in their last 21 fixtures since 2010. None of their recent three matches have seen both teams score.
The upcoming La Liga game
-Barcelona vs Real Sociedad @11pm