La Liga Preview: Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao

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Updated: October 2, 2014
Real Madrid

Match Date: 05 October 2014 (local time)

Venue: Santiago Bernabéu

 

Three (3) consecutive La Liga wins and a stellar Champions League performance have successfully eclipsed Real Madrid’s slow start this season. The club has finally returned to its winning ways and shows no signs of slowing down.

 

As for Athletic Bilbao, it is evident that the squad remains overwhelmed by its Champions League qualification. Unfortunately, its disappointing performance in La Liga triggered doubts among its supporters. This doubt and low confidence has also seeped into the club’s system.  Will they have the strength to pull off a stunner against the online betting favorite, Real Madrid?

 

The contenders

Real Madrid

The Madridistas are back in the spotlight.

 

After suffering 2 consecutive losses into the hands of Real Sociedad and title rival, Atletico Madrid, the club responded with 3 massive wins. It scored 8 goals against Deportivo La Coruna, thrashed Elche with 5 goals and nailed 2 goals against Villarreal.

 

In the Champions League, the squad has successfully secured a narrow victory against Ludogorets. The Los Blancos openly admitted that they had a hard time beating Ludogorets. But in the end, they were grateful that Karim Benzema was able to score the winning goal.

 

In terms of team form and depth, it is evident that Real Madrid has nothing to worry. Cristiano Ronaldo sought medical attention during the Champions League battle, but the squad’s head honcho, Carlos Ancelotti, stressed that the knock to the ankle was not a serious one.

 

Athletic Bilbao

For the lack of a better term, Athletic Bilbao’s current state is in ruins. It seems incomprehensible how a squad of such quality and depth flirt and linger in the relegation zone and be at the center of criticisms and discussion.

 

Just recently, Athletic Bilbao was forced to settle for an even steven finish against the newly-promoted Eibar. Back in the Champions League, it bowed down to BATE Borisov.

 

Ernesto Valverde took full responsibility for the club’s failure and shortcoming in the Champions League, but took time to notice the members’ inability to show teeth and grit during the said encounter.

 

Possible head turners

Karim Benzema has been silent for a while. Apparently, the heroic goal, which he netted against Ludogorets promises more action-packed display from the French poacher.

 

Prediction

Real Madrid 4-1 Athletic Bilbao

 

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