Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao La Liga match preview: Ancelotti to beat...

Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao La Liga match preview: Ancelotti to beat Mourinho’s record

Real Madrid Athletic Bilbao preview

Carlo Ancelotti could beat Jose Mourinho’s season starts record if Real Madrid defeats Athletic Bilbao at Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday.

In his three seasons at Madrid, the Portuguese manager never won the first three games of La Liga. After, winning against Betis and Granada, Ancelotti could seal a perfect start against the Basques.

Los Blancos will miss Xabi Alonso and Raphael Varane, who have not recovered yet from their injuries. Sami Khedira is also a doubt for Ancelotti after suffering a sore knee. Meanwhile, Asier Illarramendi returns from injury and has been picked for the game.

Kaka will also be out of the squad after admitting he wants to leave the club before next Monday. The Brazilian is on negotiations to return to Milan.

Ancelotti will line-up again Diego Lopez instead of Iker Casillas, although he has admitted Real’s captain “will have his chance” at some point.

Los Merengues want to reward Bernabeu fans with a good game after showing certain difficulties in their two slender wins against Betis and Granada.

Athletic have also enjoyed a 100 per cent start to their league season. However, they could miss a crucial piece of their squad if Ander Herrera completes his move to Manchester United.

Borja Ekiza will presumibly be sidelined due to an injury, Gorka Iraizoz and Mikel San Jose could return to the starting eleven.

Real Madrid have beaten Athletic Bilbao with at least a three goal difference in their last five league games.

Possible line-ups:

Real Madrid: Diego Lopez; Arbeloa, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Isco; Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo; Benzema.
Athletic Bilbao: Iraizoz; Iraola, Gurpegui, San Jose, Balenziaga; Benat, Iturraspe; Susaeta, Ander Herrera, Muniain; Aduriz.