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Athletic Club—Real Madrid LaLiga 2019-20 Match Preview, Injuries/Suspensions, Potential XIs, Prediction

Real Madrid are looking for their seventh straight win since restart

Real Madrid v Athletic Club Bilbao - Liga Photo by Pressinphoto/Icon Sport via Getty Images

Match Preview

Real Madrid make the trip to San Mamés seeking their seventh straight victory since the restart on Sunday.

Real are looking to continue keeping and possibly extending their four point league lead. Barcelona are playing Villarreal later on Sunday so it’ll be a wait to see what Real’s lead in the standings looks like.

Athletic are 8th in LaLiga. They’re a solid side and only third in goals allowed this season. It will likely be another defensive battle in Bilbao.

Injuries/Suspensions

Real Madrid will remain without Eden Hazard and Nacho for this match. Raphael Varane is also a doubt after taking a ball to the face against Getafe.

Athletic will be without Beñat due to injury.

There are no suspensions for either club in Sunday’s matchup.

Potential XIs

Athletic Club

Simón; Capa, Nuñez, Martínez, Yuri; López, Dani García; Williams, Muniain, Córdoba, Raul García

Real Madrid

Courtois; Carvajal, Militão, Ramos, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Isco, Vinicius, Benzema

With Varane likely missing, his natural replacement is Eder Militão.

Isco has been starting on the right side the last two matches. Zidane could continue with this or decide to give the chance to Rodrygo. Vinicius has also been starting in place of Hazard.

Prediction

Athletic Club—Real Madrid 0-2

This will be another tough defensive matchup for Real Madrid. Athletic have conceded even less goals than Getafe this season, despite the difference in the table.

Real have only scored one goal in each of their last two matches, so they’ll have to work even harder still if they want to get a winning result out of Athletic.

This will be an interesting matchup as Real just came off a strong defensive match against a defensive-minded Getafe. Real will have to get creative if they want to capture another three points on their road to glory.