Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: April 14, 2013; Time 8:00 PM BST;
Venue: Estadio San Mamés — Bilbao.
Mourinho’s team will try to continue their good La Liga form. Real Madrid have won 7 of their last 8 domestic games and will try to get positive result against the Basque club.
Athletic Bilbao stands 14th in the league table with 35 points from 30 games, having won 10, drew 5 and lost 15 so far this season. Los Leones are 13 points behind Euro zone and 9 points above thr relegation placed teams. Their present from has seen 3 wins and 2 defeats from last five games. Last five home matches los Leones have finished with the same stats. Also, they have were defeated in 5 of their last 8 La Liga fixtures. Athletic Bilbao have lost 2-1 to Sevilla last weekend. Athletic Bilbao have lost their last 6 games against Real Madrid.
Real Madrid goes 9th in the La Liga standings with 65 points from 30 games, winning 29, drawing 5 and losing 5 so far this season. Los Blancos are still 13 points behind the leaders Barcelona and 3 points ahead of 3rd-placed Atletico Madrid. Their present form has seen 1 draw, 3 wins and 1 defeat from last five games in all competitions. Last five away from home matches Los Merengues have finished with 3 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat. Last weekend they have trashed Levante 5-1. In midweek they were defeated 3-2 by Galatasaray, but have progressed to the semi-finals of the Champions League and will face Borussia Dortmund. Los Blancos have won 9 of their last 9 games in all competitions.
Athletic Bilbao head coach Marcelo Bielsa can’t count on defender Andoni Iraola due to a hamstring injury. Also, Carlos Gurpegui, Aymeric Laporte, Oscar de Marcos and Aritz Aduriz are all suspended. Forward Ibai could play alongside Markel Susaeta after recuperation from his groin injury.
Real Madrid’s Michael Essien, Kaka and Gonzalo Higuain have some injuries and will miss the game at San Mames. Head coach Jose Mourinho will make some changes to give rest to some of his key players.
Athletic Bilbao line-up: Iraizoz, Ramalho, Ekiza, Aurtenetxe, Castillo, Iturraspe, José, Herrera, Susaeta, Llorente, Muniain.
Last three matches:
Sevilla 2 – Athletic Bilbao 1;
Athletic Bilbao 1 – Granada 0;
Getafe 1 – Athletic Bilbao 0.
Real Madrid line-up: López, Arbeloa, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Alonso, Modrić, Callejón, Özil, Benzema, Morata.
Last three matches:
Galatasaray 3 – Real Madrid CF 2;
Real Madrid CF 5 – Levante 1;
Real Madrid CF 3 – Galatasaray 0.