LaLiga: Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Preview

Real Madrid

22 December 2019 live

21:00 UTC

LaLiga

Ath Bilbao

 

Whilst uninspiring, the goalless ‘El Clásico’ midweek at least extended Real Madrid’s unbeaten run to 12 games (W8, D4 – in all competitions), and was their seventh cleansheet across this period. At home, Madrid remain unbeaten this La Liga (LL) campaign (W6, D2), mainly due to an attack that’s scored an average of 2.5 goals per match.
That attack often hits early, having netted the opener in six of Madrid’s eight LL home games. However, whilst their defence has been solid early on conceding just once before half-time here, it’s worth noting that four of the six league goals Madrid have conceded at home came after the 60th minute.
In-form Athletic Bilbao have lost just one of their last seven LL games (W4, D2, L1), although they have won just once away this league campaign (W1, D4, L3). Those road trips have been low-scoring affairs, averaging just 1.88 total goals per game – the league’s second lowest.
Worryingly for the visitors they are winless in the last 15 competitive H2Hs held here (D1, L14), although they did score in 11 of them. Half of their away league games this season also saw both teams score, albeit half of their eight road trips were also goalless at half-time (HT: W1, D5, L2).

Players to watch: Karim Benzema has scored in Madrid’s last three competitive home wins – all four goals he scored across those games came in the 15 minutes before the end of each half.
Raúl García (ATH) has scored the opener in four of the five LL games he’s got on the scoresheet this season.
Stat attack: The opener has been scored by the tenth minute in five of Madrid’s last eight competitive home games.
Bilbao are unbeaten at half-time in the last four H2Hs (HT: W2, D2).
There’s been at least six yellow cards in each of Bilbao’s last four LL games.

 

What time is kick off?
The match begins at 21:00.