If anyone is likely to step up for Real Madrid this weekend it’s leading marksman Karim Benzema who has been enjoying his second most prolific season for Spain’s most decorated club. The 33-year-old French striker needs a brace to equal his best output during a single league season and he’ll fancy his chances of reaching 24 for the season against Athletic whom in 23 previous meetings in all competitions he’s bagged 14 goals which makes them Benzema’s favourite opponent (alongside Granada). He also comes into this matchday having ended a three-game scoring drought when netting in Real’s emphatic 1-4 win at the aforementioned Granada.
Peru Nolaskoain, Ander Capa, Iker Muniain and Yuri Berchiche are still missing for Athletic while Yeray Alvarez, Inigo Lekue and Oier Zarraga are doubts for the hosts. Real Madrid meanwhile are without Lucas Vazquez, Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Ferland Mendy and Raphael Varane.All of these features can help you decide on Athletic Bilbao vs. Real Madrid game prediction. Even though SofaScore doesn’t offer direct betting, it provides the best odds and shows you which sites offer live betting. Live U-TV odds are viewable on SofaScore’s Football live score section.
With two rounds of fixtures left this season current La Liga holders Real Madrid are still in the championship picture. Zinedine Zidane’s men are two points behind leaders Atletico Madrid and know they can ill-afford to slip up in their remaining matches against Athletic Bilbao and Villarreal though Los Blancos have struggled to string together back-to-back wins of late. Since a four-game winning streak ended with a goalless draw at Getafe in mid-April their following results have been Cadiz (win), Real Betis (draw), Osasuna (win), Sevilla (draw) and Granada (win).
NAME: Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid
DATE: 16 May 2021
TIME: 16:30 UTC
VENUE: San Mames, Bilbao, Spain