Real madrid are set to take on Athletic Bilbao in the Spanish La Liga game this Saturday, 18th March 2017 at the San Memes stadium. Madrid can go 5 points clear at top of the table with a win over Athletic for alteast another day as Barcelona play Valencia later on Sunday night. Real Madrid has only lost twice away from home while Athletic Bilbao has the second best home record this season having won 10 of the opening 13 home games. That set us up with a superb Saturday afternoon kickoff starting at around 16:15 CET / 15:15 uk time and beIN Sports will have live coverage in USA and Middle-east.
Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Real Madrid Highlights
[ Spanish La Liga 2017 Match ]
25′ 0 – 1 Karim Benzema scored in 25th minute to put very dominant Real Madrid side 1-0 up and more importantly gave them a slender advantage in La Liga title race.
65′ 1 – 1 Aritz Aduriz cancels out Benzema’s first half strike midway through the second half.
68′ 1 – 2 Casemiro immediatley put Real Madrid back in the lead with a close range tap in.
Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Preview: Real Madrid has been absolute superb at home winning 10 of the 12 home matches and scoring 45 goals while Athletic Bilbao kind of struggle away from home as they have only won 4 of their 12 away games which kind of makes Real Madrid hot favourites to win on Saturday.
Last time these two meet was back in September 2015 when a brace from Karim Benzem earned Real Madrid 2-1 away win against Bilbao at San Memes. Sabin Merino scored Athletic Bilbao’s only goal of he game. Karim Benzema and Ronaldo are expected to start upfront with a packed midfield of Kroose, Modric, Rodriguez and Isco.
As far as the team news is conerned Real madrid will still be without Gareth Bale who continue his recovery but apart from that Zidane’s done have any major/fresh injury worries. He might have a little headech of deciding whether to play Isco and Rodriguez in the starting lineup or go with one of them and put another midfielder alongside Kroos and Modric. This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Saturday.
Match Predictions: Its hard to bet against Real Madrid right now conidering the form of Karim Benzema and Ronaldo are in. At home Madrid have scored 15 goals in the last 3 leagues and I expect another goal frenzy with Real Madrid winning by atleast 2 goal