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Primera Division Gameweek 37
May 16, 2021 KO: 16:30

Athletic - Real Madrid

San Mamés Bilbao
Referee: Antonio Matéu Lahoz
  68' Nacho

Match preview

Hazard and Kroos to miss out? How Real Madrid could line up against Athletic Bilbao

Zinedine Zidane will have to get creative with his starting XI on Sunday as his Real Madrid side make a number of changes against Athletic

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane will be hoping his side can continue their push for another league title on Sunday with all three points against Athletic Bilbao.

The capital side sit just two points behind their cross-city rivals Atletico and know anything but a complete victory will be needed to keep the pressure on Diego Simeone’s team.

Fortunately for Zidane, Madrid should be able to rely upon a somewhat consistent back line of Miguel Gutierrez, Diego Militao, Nacho and Alvaro Odriozola, with Marcelo returning from injury to offer more options on the bench. Raphael Varane remains out of action for the time being.

However, in midfield the Madrid manager will have to get creative after Toni Kroos was forced to self isolate in midweek and will almost certainly miss Sunday’s game. As such we’re likely to see Federico Valverde come into the side to partner Casemiro and Luka Modric in the middle of the pitch.

With Eden Hazard still struggling to show his worth to this side, Zidane is likely to keep the former Chelsea star on the bench in favour of Vinicius Jr on one flank and Marco Asensio on the other, while Karim Benzema keeps his typical spot up front.

How Real Madrid could line up against Athletic

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  Average Match Rating  
6.4
  Home  
7.2
6.4
  Away  
6.9
6.4
  Total  
7.1

Match statistics

Athletic
Statistics
Real Madrid
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
5
12
Draws
11
7
Losses
4
1
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
22
33
Goals Per Game
1.10
1.65
More > 2.5 Goals
8
8
More > 3 Goals
4
5
Scored First in a Match
9
11
Scored Both Halves
5
5
Won More > 1 Goal
1
8
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
21
13
Did Not Score
6
4
Both Teams Scored
12
10
Kept Clean Sheet
5
9
Won Without Conceding
2
6
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
596
774
Possession
47
58
Passes
413
589
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
11
15
Shots on Target
3.95
4.75
Goals out of Shots
0.10
0.11
Crosses
22
16
Offsides
1.94
2.25
Penalties
0.10
0.10
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.25
0.45
Tackles Won
8.10
8.55
Clearances
17
14
Interceptions
10
11
Own Goals
0.00
0.00
Aerials Won
17
12
Total Shots Conceded
11
9.55
Shots on Target Conceded
3.10
3.53
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.13
0.08
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
12
11
Yellow Cards
1.65
1.75
Red Cards
0.05
0.00

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