Preview - Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid 16 September 18

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Match Day 4
Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid
Sunday, September 16th, 2018
03:45am (GMT+8 Timing)
Stadium: San Mamés

Athletic Bilbao:   
Last five matches form: W L L W D
Average goals per match 17/18: 1.08
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.29
Top Scorer 17/18: Raúl Garcia (10)

Real Madrid:
Last five matches form: W D W W W
Average goals per match 17/18: 2.47
Average goals against per match 17/18: 1.16
Top Scorer 17/18: Gareth Bale (16)

Julen Lopetegui has made the start expected of him in his first season in charge at Real Madrid, winning all three games, with his side looking very solid so far. Next up it's a tough away trip to the San Mamés to take on an Athletic Bilbao side bidding to put the memories of last seasons disappointing campaign firmly behind them.

In truth Bilbao do look to have improved slightly but still have a lot of work to do. They are unbeaten in two though, beating Leganes and drawing with Huesca here. Real Madrid represent a huge step up in class though.

The home side will certainly take heart from the results between the sides last season though as they managed to pick up a draw both home and away against the Madrid giants.

Both sides will be pretty much at full strength for this game, with Bilbao's Íñigo Lekue the only likely absentee.

Madrid have adjusted very well both to their new coach and the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo and are playing a style of football which is both efficient and effective at present. Gareth Bale has taken over the goalscoring mantle and is averaging a goal a game so far. They couldn't master Bilbao last season but we think they will this time around.

Prediction: Athletic Bilbao 0 - 2 Real Madrid


Half time: 1 - 0
Full time: 1 - 1
Shots:  9 - 18
Shots on target: 4 - 8
Corner Kicks: 1 - 2
Possession: 38% - 62%

The home side certainly kept the referee busy in this one. Yeray, Dani Garcia, Ander Capa, Yuri Berchiche, Benat Etxebarria and Unai Simon all receiving a yellow card from Jose Luis Gonzalez Gonzalez. Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez were booked for Real Madrid.

Another decent display from Real Madrid - at least from a stats point of view - as they dominated the ball and doubled the total shots and shots on target count of their hosts. Unlike in their other games so far this season though, they were unable to convert this dominance into three points.

Both sides were recording early efforts on goal, but mainly from range, as thy struggled to find the killer final pass.

The breakthrough came in the 32nd minute and it was the home side who grabbed it. Breaking into the right-hand side of the area, Oscar De Marcos fired a low ball across goal that made its way through a melee of defenders and attackers legs before ultimately being prodded home from almost on the goal line by Iker Muniain. 1-0 at half-time.

Madrid were back on level terms after 63 minutes with a well worked goal. Toni Kroos playing the ball over the top to find Gareth Bale on the right-hand side. Bale playing in the cross to find Isco in space, and Isco heading low and in to the left-hand side.

Madrid had the better of the remaining chances, the best of which fell to Marco Asensio who was played through on the right. Keeper Unai Simon came off his line to block well though.

Madrid's first dropped points of the season. 1-1 final score.

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