Primera Division Gameweek 9
Dec 1, 2021 KO: 20:00

Real Madrid - Athletic

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu Madrid
Referee: Isidro Díaz de Mera
Benzema 40'  

Match preview

Bale and Hazard still out - How Real Madrid could line up against Athletic Bilbao

Carlo Ancelotti will once again be without his two big name wingers, and will turn to the in-form Vinicius Junior to provide from the flanks

Real Madrid host Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday evening as Carlo Ancelotti's side look to extend their four point lead at the top of La Liga.

Los Blancos have begun the 2021/22 season in spectacular style, winning 10 and losing just one of their opening 14 games to set the standard for the rest of the division.

Athletic Bilbao are the next visitors to the Santiago Bernabeu, and although they are without a league win since 23 October, Real Madrid will still be wary of the threat they possess.

Ancelotti once again won't be able to call upon Gareth Bale or Eden Hazard as the pair are both injured, and with Rodrygo also suffering problems of his own, Los Blancos have been hamstrung in forward areas.

So, Vinicius Junior will be required to continue his early season form, while Marco Asensio could be set for another start.

Dani Ceballos is also out, although the former Arsenal man was unlikely to break into the starting XI anyway.

Potential Real Madrid XI vs Athletic Bilbao

Thibaut Courtois will continue his duties in goal, with the regular back four of: Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba, and Ferland Mendy patrolling in front of him.

Eduardo Camavinga and Federico Valverde were both crucial off the bench against Sevilla, and Ancelotti may opt to utilise them from the start. Luka Modric could be rested, with Valverde coming in, although it's unlikely that both he and Camavinga will start.

Asensio and Vinicius will play either side of Karim Benzema.

Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao - Football tactics and formations

Match statistics

Real Madrid
Statistics
Athletic
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
15
5
Draws
3
10
Losses
2
5
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
48
18
Goals Per Game
2.40
0.90
More > 2.5 Goals
16
5
More > 3 Goals
6
3
Scored First in a Match
12
10
Scored Both Halves
10
4
Won More > 1 Goal
6
1
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
19
18
Did Not Score
2
7
Both Teams Scored
14
9
Kept Clean Sheet
6
7
Won Without Conceding
4
4
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
722
563
Possession
55
44
Passes
531
383
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
17
12
Shots on Target
6.45
4.00
Goals out of Shots
0.14
0.07
Crosses
30
20
Offsides
2.83
2.16
Penalties
0.10
0.05
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.30
0.35
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
3.00
23
Interceptions
7.00
6.17
Own Goals
0.00
0.00
Aerials Won
8.00
17
Total Shots Conceded
11
12
Shots on Target Conceded
4.16
3.32
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.11
0.09
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
10
12
Yellow Cards
1.00
0.85
Red Cards
0.00
0.05

Injuries

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Suspended

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In suspension danger

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