Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Preview

Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao

Competition – Spanish Primera

Stadium – Estadio Santiago Bernabéu

Date: 18th April 2018

Kick-off time – 20:30 GMT

Real Madrid should understandably field a weakened team for this game as they have already lost the La Liga title to Barcelona and Zinedine Zidane can now focus on winning the Champions League.

Their next European commitment is scheduled for next week against Bayern Munich.

Zidane rotated heavily in their last match against Malaga and they still came out 2-1 winners.

That win means they are now 15 points above fifth-placed Real Betis and that takes them to just one win away from sealing Champions League qualification for next season.

Bilbao saw the gap between them and the relegation zone cut to 13 points after their shock home loss to relegation threatened Deportivo La Coruna in their last match.

They remain 13th in the league table with 39 points which should be enough to keep them in the league ahead of next season.

They have just 3 wins from their last 14 league games.

This game is usually a very interesting affair with goals from both ends of the pitch, however, their first meeting at the San Mames this season ended in a goalless draw.

The four games prior to that have ended in wins for Real Madrid with over 2.5 goals scored.

Results of each team’s last 5 matches across all leagues and competitions

Real Madrid

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
D Real Madrid 1-1 Atletico Madrid 8 Apr, 2018 Spanish Primera División
W Juventus 0-3 Real Madrid 3 Apr, 2018 UEFA Champions League
W Las Palmas 0-3 Real Madrid 31 Mar, 2018 Spanish Primera División
W Real Madrid 6-3 Girona 18 Mar, 2018 Spanish Primera División
W Eibar 1-2 Real Madrid 10 Mar, 2018 Spanish Primera División

Athletic Bilbao

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
D Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Celta Vigo 31 Mar, 2018 Spanish Primera División
L Barcelona 2-0 Athletic Bilbao 18 Mar, 2018 Spanish Primera División
L Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Marseille 15 Mar, 2018 UEFA Europa League
W Athletic Bilbao 2-0 Leganes 11 Mar, 2018 Spanish Primera División
L Marseille 3-1 Athletic Bilbao 8 Mar, 2018 UEFA Europa League

H2H

LAST FIVE GAMES DATE COMPETITION
Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Real Madrid 2 Dec, 2017 Spanish Primera División
Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Real Madrid 18 Mar, 2017 Spanish Primera División
Real Madrid 2-1 Athletic Bilbao 23 Oct, 2016 Spanish Primera División
Real Madrid 4-2 Athletic Bilbao 13 Feb, 2016 Spanish Primera División
Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Real Madrid 23 Sep, 2015 Spanish Primera División

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