Stuttering Madrid visit Athletic BilbaoDecember 1, 2017
Athletic Bilbao host Real Madrid with both sides long overdue an impressive performance in the league.
Madrid come into the game 8 points behind Barcelona having had one of their worst starts to a La Liga campagin in recent memory. Athletic Club, meanwhile, are now hovering 6 points above the relegation with gap mainly due to the poor performances of the bottom 3 rather than Los Leones scraping victories.
Both sides come into this tie off cup fixtures, the Basques getting knocked out of the competition by third tier oppisition while Real progressed after an unconvincing 2-2 draw to Fuenlabrada at home.
Madrid’s key men have failed to perform to sparkling heights they hit last season, but, they will nonethless look to Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo to score the goals. Isco, however, will be the man that could change the game in Los Blancos favour, he currently sits as their top scorer with 4.
Athletic club have also struggled for goals this season scoring just 14. However, the Basques form looks to slowly changing with Inaki Williams crucially finding his form.
Kepa will likely start in net after an injury scare while Real Madrid will be without Gareth Bale due to discomfort in his tie
Kick off Saturday at 19:45