Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao - 21/04/2019 Preview

Real Madrid will face Athletic Bilbao at Estadio Municipal de Butarque, in Leganes, in the 33rd Round of Spanish LaLiga. Real Madrid against Athletic Bilbao is always the match with big interest especially during this season and LaLiga positions. Review our thoughts on this match here below.

 

Real Madrid

Real Madrid this year had ups and downs. They were eliminated from Champions League by Ajax at 1/8 Finals. Even with big troubles and bad shape they still stand at 3rd and fighting for second place. AT home Real Madrid have 4 losings and 11 wins. More than 1month ago Real changed their head coach Zizou and they started to play obviously better.

Karim Benzema, after Cristiano Ronaldo left the club, started to play much better. He is 3rd in LaLiga now by scored goals with 18 and 5 assists. In total, hosts are thinking to change the squad by more young talented players and rebuild first eleven. Mbappe is one of the main summer transfer window targets.

Unfortunately, Viniciu Junior, Thibaut Courtois, and Sergio Ramos will miss the next match due to injuries. Los Blancos are very strong this season at attacking down the wings, creating chances through individual skills and attacking set pieces. However, they have weaknesses at avoiding the offside, defending counter attacks and stopping opponents from creating chances.

 

Athletic Bilbao

Athletic Bilbao is one of the most talented and interesting clubs in Spain. They have a big history and traditions. Los Leones now are standing at 7th place in LaLiga but they still have chances to fight for being among 5 best Spanish clubs. Athletic won 4 out of 5 last games in LaLiga. Guests had a very tough start of the season, however, they rose and began to play a very confident football.

Inaki Williams, Iker Muniain and Raul Garcia are main squad creators and strikers. They have scored 26 goals combined and made 10 assists together. Fortunately, all of them will join the squad to play their rivals in a very tough and intense game.

Unfortunately, A. Iturraspe will miss the match due to injury. In addition, Y. Berchiche and Ibai are still under question if they will join an important match. Bilbao is very strong at aerial duels, counter attacks and defending set pieces. However, they are facing troubles at defending against long shots and protecting the lead.

 

H2H

Athletic Bilbao won against Real in the far year 2015 in LaLiga with 1:0 result. Since that match, 4 times in a row Real Madrid was better, and 3 last games teams have drawn. At the beginning of the season, Athletic played a draw with Real Madrid at Estadio San Mamés.

 

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