Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid: Big test for Los Blancos

Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid: Big test for Los Blancos

Athletic Bilbao Real Madrid match preview

Real Madrid travel to northern Spain this evening to take on Athletic Bilbao at San Mames.

Los Blancos are looking to extend their unbeaten start to the season having won three and drawn one in La Liga and have yet to concede a goal.

Athletic, on the other hand, have lost three of their opening four matches with just one win coming against Getafe. They also have the fourth worst defensive record in La Liga having conceded seven goals so far.

But San Mames is always a tough ground to go to, and Los Blancos lost their last season so will be keen to put things right this time round. For added motivation, Keylor Navas could set a new record for the number of consecutive clean sheets from the start of the season, while Cristiano Ronaldo is fast closing in on becoming Real’s all-time leading scorer.

In terms of team news, Sergio Ramos has failed to recover from his shoulder injury, while Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Danilo all remain sidelined. Daniel Carvajal, Pepe and Lucas Vasquez should all keep their place in the side.

Real will need to keep a close eye on Aduriz. Despite the club’s poor start to the campaign in the league, the striker has netted nine goals in 10 games in all competitions so far, including in the superb Spanish Supercopa win over Barcelona.

Possible line-ups
Athletic Bilbao: Iraizoz; Iraola, Laporte, Exteita, Balenziaga; Iturraspe, Rico; Gomez, Marcos, Susaeta; Aduriz
Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo; Modric, Kroos, Isco; Vazquez, Ronaldo, Benzema