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Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction and Betting Preview, 22 Dec 2019

Here's our Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction analysis: Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao PredictionThe battle for the Spanish La Liga title has come down to the usual two-horse race between Barcelona and Real Madrid, both teams level on points. The Blaugrana sit at the summit, however, thanks to their superior goal difference over Los Blancos.
Match status: 2019-20 La Liga - Matchweek 18
Venue: Santiago Bernabeu (Madrid)
With Athletic Bilbao preparing for a trip to Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid will be hell-bent on securing maximum points against this foe to keep up with table-toppers Barcelona. Zidane’s side will be determined to take the La Liga title race right down to the wire this time around.

Even in the absence of Eden Hazard and Marcelo, Los Blancos looked impressive in the famed El Classico clash against Barcelona last time out, salvaging a draw in that fixture. 

They will be looking to build on their impressive game against the Lionel Messi-inspired side by securing a win over Les Leones come Sunday night.

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Real Madrid were on the road on the last match-day, taking on an in-form Barca side at the Nou Camp. The media touted the home side to come away from the match with all three points in the bag but Real Madrid had some reservations about that.

They headed into the game without the services of influential players like Eden Hazard and Marcelo and still managed to steal a point from the reigning champions. Zinedine Zidane received a lot of plaudits for the result and the way he set out his team to play.

However, Federico Valverde should perhaps, have been the one receiving those praises for his impressive performance. The player stole the show at the Nou Camp and Zidane might well have found a gem for the next decade at Real Madrid.

As the El Classico was on, there were honours elsewhere in Bilbao, as Les Leones were held to a goalless draw by relegation-threatened Eibar. Despite huffing and puffing throughout the course of the game, Athletic Bilbao could not seem to get past the opposition goalkeeper.

For this fixture, the home side have to be considered overwhelming favorites for the win as everything points in the direction of a victory for Zinedine Zidane’s men. Home advantage and superiority in terms of talent within the squad should be enough to see Los Blancos through this game.

In the last couple of weeks, this Real Madrid team have been on fire. They have not admitted defeat in their last 12 games in the league and have lost just twice from their preceding 26 fixtures.

Most importantly, the Madrid outfit have been merciless in their previous h2h encounters against Bilbao. In fact, over the last nine years, Bilbao have registered only one victory against this foe. It goes without saying that Real Madrid have outclassed Los Leones completely over the years.

The visitors have a rotten record on the road, having managed just one away win in the league so far – that singular win coming against newly-promoted side Osasuna
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Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Predictions

Real Madrid are easily overwhelming favourites to register the win in this fixture. They should have enough about themselves to see off this Bilbao side comfortably. Count on Karim Benzema to score a goal, at the least, come Sunday evening.

The visitors know that this game is beyond them but will be looking to avoid taking too many hits on this ground. My money will be on Real Madrid for the win.
Our Betting Tip:
HT/FT - 1/1 @ 1.85
Correct Score:
Real Madrid 2-0 Athletic Bilbao @ 6.20
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