Real Madrid take on the visitors Athletic Bilbao at “Estadio Santiago Bernabeu” in the gameweek 33 of the Spanish LaLiga. The match will be played in Madrid on Wednesday, April 18th.
It will be third fight for Real Madrid in seven days. The side has played a furious and thrilling clash against Juventus at “Estadio Santiago Bernabeu” within the UEFA champions League quarter-final plus conducted a tough battle against Malaga on the road while next week “Merengues” will participate in one of the most important tackles of the season – semi-final match against Bayern Munich in Germany. Taking into consideration that the club has lost all chances to win the LaLiga champion’s title in this season and it will not be knocked out from top-four for sure, the team’s priority is quite clear. If “Galacticos” lose the battle against Athletic Bilbao and gain the UEFA Champions League trophy, none will take care of that defeat in the LaLiga. But in a case of failure in the major clubs tournament of Europe in addition to the inappropriate results in the Spanish elite division, it will be considered to be a complete fiasco which may lead to the Zinedine Zidane’s retirement.
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Athletic Bilbao is a complicated and tough side which always fights till the very end. However, it was quite difficult for “Lehoiak” to battle in several tournaments at the same time, as a result, they struggled in all of them. Now the club participates only in the LaLiga, being under the threat of not qualifying to the Eurocups for the next season. Still, the team has passed over a bunt of injuries and may count for all strongest footballers. Besides, Athletic Bilbao know how to cope with Real Madrid’s pressure. For instance, in the first-lap head-to-head “Lehoiak” deserved 0:0 draw against the upcoming visitors at “Estadio San Mames”, having been equally dangerous in attack. Jose Angel Ziganda’s side has shown rock-solid defense alongside with an outstanding play on the break.
Five latest head-to-heads between Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao were finished with two triumphs of “Galacticos”, single draw and two victories in favour of the forthcoming visitors. Taking into account that at the moment the Basques may fully focus on the LaLiga tackles while Zinedine Zidane will probably use rotation because of the Eurocup priority, I assume that “Lehoiak” will not lose with a handsome margin.
Prediction for the match: Athletic Bilbao to win with +2.0 Asian handicap.