Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Match Info
Date: Sunday December 22 2019
Kick-off time: 8.00pm GMT
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu
Referee: Adrian Cordero Vega
Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Head-To-Head Record
Last 4 matches
April 21 2019: Real Madrid 3-0 Athletic Bilbao
September 15 2018: Athletic Bilbao 1-1 Real Madrid
April 18 2018: Real Madrid 1-1 Athletic Bilbao
December 2 2017: Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Real Madrid
Total head-to-head league matches played since 1993-94: 52
Real Madrid wins: 32
Athletic Bilbao wins: 11
Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Stats
- Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last 15 home matches against Athletic Bilbao
- Los Blancos are also undefeated in all 11 home fixtures this season
- Karim Benzema has scored first in four of the latest eight games between these clubs
Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Match Preview
Real Madrid will have been happier than most people with their midweek 0-0 draw in El Clasico – but they need to beat Athletic Bilbao to make that result count.
Wednesday’s Camp Nou showdown was not the usual spectacle when the great Spanish rivals lock horns, but it was a good point for Zinedine Zidane’s side that meant they stayed level with Barcelona at the top of La Liga table.
But although both of those clubs are at home this weekend, Real have what looks the tougher test against Athletic Bilbao and so victory does not look as straightforward for them as it does for Barcelona when they face Alaves.
Athletic Bilbao are seventh in the standings, which is pretty much par for the course, but the problem for them in this game is that they actually have a better home record this term than Real Madrid – which means their results on the road are nowhere near as strong.
The Basque club are not especially easy to beat, it’s just that they had too many low-scoring draws at the start of the campaign although they have upped their goals output recently with star forward Inaki Williams beginning to get into his stride.
A home win is expected here, but it may not be easy for Real Madrid against an Athletic Bilbao side who are generally competitive in every match they play and the margin of victory could be narrow.
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Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Betting Tips
Draw with Real Madrid -1 on the handicap @ 27/10 with BetVictor
Real Madrid to win and under 3.5 goals in the match @ 6/5 with Coral