Real Madrid host an in-form Athletic Bilbao in La Liga at Santiago Bernabéu, in Madrid, Spain, on Sunday night (IST).
What competition it is? La Liga
Teams: Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao
Kick Off: Sunday 21 April
Match Timing: 07:45 PM (IST)
Where the game is played? Santiago Bernabéu (81,044)
TV Info: Ten Sports Network has the rights to stream select La Liga matches in India. Matches can also be enjoyed on the official Facebook app and website.
With Barcelona almost on the verge of clinching the back-to-back La Liga title, Real Madrid will hope to end the season on a high note. And what's better to achieve that target than string a winning run till the end of the season. Also, there is a small matter of finishing second on the table, with Madrid very much in fight with Atletico Madrid for the best of the rest tag.
There is no denying that Barcelona are the deserving champions. There is a clear gulf in the quality of Madrid and the Catalan squad. The truth is Madrid need to spend big in the summer to challenge the might of Barca which will increase even further considering Barca are set to welcome Frenkie de Jong to Camp Nou next summer, with Matthijs de Ligt possibly choosing the same option.
But the return of Zinedine Zidane has brought the feel-good factor back to Santiago Bernabeu. The results have improved as well with Madrid winning three of the last five games.
Athletic Bilbao meanwhile flirted with the relegation for some times. But they have recovered well, almost in time to put themselves in good stead for the remainder of the season.
As things stand in the league, Bilbao are just three minutes behind Valencia in sixth and five adrift of 5th placed Getafe.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Real Madrid – W W W L W D
Athletic Bilbao – W D W W L W
ATH vs RM Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Team News:
Injured – Sergio Ramos is back in training but it has been suggested that he won't be rush back to the first team action. Alvaro Odriozola is out for the season after suffering an injury in training.
Vinicius Junior has made significant progress in his injury rehabilitation, but won't be involved here. While Mariano and Thibaut Courtois are expected to miss out as well.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Midfielder Toni Kroos is suffering from an illness will be assessed before the match.
Note: Nacho and Varane are expected to start at the back, with Carvajal and Marcelo playing out on the wings. Federico Valverde could come into the side to replace Kroos.
Key Players – Karim Benzema, Marco Asensio
Injured – As for Athletic Bilbao, three players in the shape of Ander Capa, Ibai Gomez and Dani Garcia are all out injured.
Oscar de Marcos isn't named in the squad to face Real Madrid, so he misses out.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – None.
Note: Mikel San Jose is available for selection after missing the last match through suspension.
Iñigo Lekue is expected to play at right-back due to the unavailability of Oscar de Marcos.
Key Players – Inaki Williams, Inigo Cordoba
ATH vs RM Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Real Madrid– Courtois GK), Carvajal, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo, Modric, Casemiro, Ceballos, Vazquez, Asensio, Benzema
Athletic Bilbao– Herrerin (GK), De Marcos, Alvarez, Martinez, Berchiche, San Jose, Benat, Cordoba, Garcia, Muniain, Williams
ATH vs RM Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Real Madrid have recorded 11 wins in 16 home games this season, but have also suffered four defeats at the Bernabeu. Athletic Bilbao meanwhile have won just three games away from home, while losing six times.
But it's worth noting that Madrid haven't beaten Bilbao at home in the last two games.
Bilbao are in good form and could extend that unbeaten streak at the Bernabeu to three matches.
But we back Madrid to win this match.
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