The Copa del Rey is back in action with another mix of matches this week as Athletic Bilbao take on Real Madrid on Thursday. Both teams have impressive players in their ranks and will want to lớn win this game.
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Athletic Bilbao are in ninth place in the La Liga standings & have been fairly inconsistent this season. The Basque outfit edged Rayo Vallecano lớn a 1-0 victory last month và will want a similar result this week.
Real Madrid, on the other hand, are at the top of the league table at the moment và have been impressive this season. Los Blancos were held khổng lồ a 2-2 draw by Elche in their previous game và will need to bounce back in this fixture.
Real Madrid have an impressive record against Athletic Bilbao và have won 36 out of 52 matches played between the two teams. Athletic Bilbao have managed nine victories against Real Madrid và will need khổng lồ step up in this fixture.
The previous meeting between the two teams took place in the Spanish Super Cup final và ended in a 2-0 victory for Real Madrid. Athletic Bilbao were outplayed on the day & will need khổng lồ prove a point this week.
Athletic Bilbao form guide: W-W-L-W-D
Real Madrid size guide: D-W-W-W-W
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid Team News
Unai Nunez & Asier Villalibre are struggling with their fitness và might not feature in this game. Oihan Sancet picked up an injury against Barcelona last month và has been ruled out of this match.
Injured: Oihan Sancet
Doubtful: Unai Nunez, Asier Villalibre
Karim Benzema, Ferland Mendy, và Marcelo are injury concerns for Real Madrid at the moment & will not be included in the squad. Dani Carvajal has completed his quarantine but might not be risked in this game.
Injured: Gareth Bale, Ferland Mendy, Marcelo, Karim Benzema
Doubtful: Dani Carvajal, Vinicius Junior, Casemiro
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid Predicted XI
Athletic Bilbao Predicted XI (4-4-2): Unai Simon; Mikel Balenziaga, Inigo Martinez, Yeray Alvarez, Oscar De Marcos; Unai Vencedor, Dani Garcia, Iker Muniain, Alex Berenguer; Raul Garcia, Inaki Williams
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid Prediction
Real Madrid have managed to exceed expectations with their performances this season & will be intent on completing a domestic sweep this season. With Benzema và Vinicius unavailable this week, the likes of Eden Hazard & Marco Asensio will need khổng lồ step up and lead Real Madrid"s attack.
Athletic Bilbao are perfectly capable of pulling off a positive result in this fixture và have proved their mettle against Spain"s big names this season. Real Madrid have a better squad, however, & should be able to lớn win this game.
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