Athletic Bilbao – Real Madrid: 18th March 2017
The Basques of Athletic Bilbao ranks number seven in the Primera Division standings with a total of 44 points accumulated. Their form is excellent, Bilbao registered two wins coming after more than difficult matches: 1-0 in front of their supoteri against Malaga and 2-0 at Basque eternal rival, Real Sociedad. Also, we should mention that Bilbao are currently in direct fight for occupying a position which ensures participation in European Cups on it only 4 points separating a position # 6 occupied by Real Sociedad.
In light of the duel against the “Galacticos”, hosts coach will not be based on Sabin Merino (injured) and Mikel San Jose, suspended. The absence of the second it will tenured Ander Iturraspe the center midline. At the same time, it is possible that Aritz Aduriz than be use as top pushed behind and will begin trio consisting of Muniain, Garcia and Williams.
On the other side, coached by Zinedine Zidane appears to have exceeded the less favorable periods went through. In the previous four meetings in La Liga this earned 11 points, which help it to return to the Real first position of the ranking, 2 points ahead of FC Barcelona Catalans (Real with a game less played). However, a duel like that against Bilbao should be treated with the utmost seriousness, the Basques were a band more dangerous than the real problems that often put teams involved in the battle for Champions League places and, implicitly, for the title.
A very important aspect that we can not not mention him is the fact that Real Madrid does not even have a player unavailable, which has not happened for a long time. Thus, Zidane will again could count both on Gareth Bale, whom I will return right flank, and on Casemiro, which begins on the San Mames duel in the center means “galactic”.
Probable teams: Athletic Bilbao – Real Madrid
Athletic Bilbao (4-2-3-1): Kepa – Balenziaga, Alvarez, Laporte, Marcos – Iturraspe, Etxebarria – Muiain, Garcia, Williams – Aduritz.
Absent: Merino, San Jose.
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Navas – Carvajal, Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo – Modric, Casemiro, Kroos – Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.