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Real Madrid will look to extend their excellent run of form at the Santiago Bernabeu against Athletic Bilbao on 13 February.

Where to watch

Kick-off is set for 3pm GMT. The game is not scheduled for live broadcast in the UK.


Real Madrid kept up the pressure on Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at the top of the La Liga table with a 2-1 win at Granada on 7 February – the club's first away win since Zinedine Zidane was appointed head coach. The capital side are on a seven-match winning run in all competitions at the Santiago Bernabeu, scoring 41 goals in that sequence.

Left-back Marcelo suffered a shoulder injury against Granada and is sidelined, while Gareth Bale (calf) is also out and Pepe (foot) is a doubt.

Athletic Bilbao are on a decent run of form that has seen them take seven points from the last nine available in La Liga. The Basque club's recent record at the Bernabeu does not make for good reading, however, with their last 10 visits to the stadium ending in defeat.

Markel Susaeta is a doubtful to feature after coming down with an illness, while both Inaki Williams and Mikel San Jose are suspended. Winger Ibai Gomez (thigh) remains out.

What managers say

Zinedine Zidane: "It's always the manager's fault if the team loses. But you have to accept that responsibilty, with all the good and bad that comes with it. The main thing is getting my message across to the players. I only give them two or three instructions because they're extremely professional. I have a sensational group of players, I'm delighted with the work they're doing."

Ernesto Valverde: "After what happened during the match, we'll take the draw and a point. Villarreal were very well organised and they had a clear chance at the beginning and at the end. We found it very difficult to penetrate their lines."

Form guide

  • Real Madrid: WWDWW
  • Last result: Granada 1-2 Real Madrid
  • Athletic Bilbao (all competitions): DWLWL
  • Last result: Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Villarreal

Betting odds (888sport)

  • Real Madrid win: 3/11
  • Draw: 5
  • Athletic Bilbao win: 10

Team news

Real Madrid possible XI: Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Danilo; Modric, Kroos, Isco; Rodriguez, Benzema, Ronaldo

Athletic Bilbao possible XI: Iraizoz; De Marcos, Boveda, Laporte, Balenziaga; Iturraspe, Benat; Lekue, Eraso, Muniain; Aduriz