Real Madrid vs. Athletic Madrid Match Analysis and Prediction

After a heated clash at the Super Cup which ended with a red card, Real Madrid will be hosting new found rivals Athletic Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. The match is scheduled for 1st February with kickoff at 18:00 GMT.

After coming three points clear from long term rivals Barcelona, the Los Blancos will be looking to extend their hold of the La Liga title against new found rivals. The Super Cup went down as a captivating clash between the two sides with Valverde emerging as the man of the match.

Coach Zinedine Zidane has added a number of reinforcements for the squad with the signing of winger Reiner to the squad. Despite the squad depth, the defense has been the main contention for Zidane especially with the injury woes at the club.

Coach Diego Simone was first to praise the action of Valverde as a necessary action despite the side losing out on the penalty shootout. Athletic Madrid are currently 5th in the La Liga with 36 points tied with 4th placed Getafe.

Will Coach Diego Simone have a first taste of revenge over the loss at the Super Cup or will Zinedine Zidane extend his lead in the La Liga?

Real Madrid vs. Athletic Madrid Head to Head

Both sides have met 46 times together with Real Madrid picking up 23 wins while Athletic Madrid contended with 10 wins. Here is a look at their past encounters:

Athletic Madrid 0-0 Real Madrid

Athletic Madrid 1-3 Real Madrid

Real Madrid 0-0 Athletic Madrid

Real Madrid 1-1 Athletic Madrid

Athletic Madrid 0-0 Real Madrid

Real Madrid 1-1 Athletic Madrid

Athletic Madrid 0-3 Real Madrid

Real Madrid 0-1 Athletic Madrid

Real Madrid Team News

Coach Zinedine Zidane is bound to enjoy an injury boost in his squad especially with the return of wingers Eden Hazard and Gareth Bale after overcoming a hairline crack in the foot and sprained ankle respectively. Winger Marco Asensio continues on the sidelines after picking up a cruciate ligament rupture.

Athletic Madrid Team News

Young sensation Jaoa Felix is set to be sidelined for the clash after picking a muscle injury early in the week. The star has not really found his grounding the La Liga despite the high money move. Another misfiring star has been Thomas Lemar who despite interest from Premier Leagues is set to fight for his place in the squad.

Prediction and Odds

Real Madrid have gained an upper hand over Athletic Madrid over the past encounters with the rivalry only intensifying with each clash. We expect a well-coordinated and scoring game.

Real Madrid win

Draw

Double Chance

Goals Under 2.5

 

 

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