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Actual Madrid vs Athletic Membership: Preview, predictions and lineups

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Actual Madrid’s remaining assault in direction of La Liga glory begins on Sunday evening as they host Athletic Membership within the Spanish capital.

A 4-2 win over Osasuna earlier than the March worldwide break noticed Madrid lengthen their lead on the high of La Liga to eight factors. Barcelona’s uptick in type since Xavi revealed he’ll be leaving on the finish of the season means they’re as soon as once more Los Blancos’ closest challengers.

Sunday’s bout is undoubtedly one of many hardest left on Madrid’s schedule. They prevailed within the reverse fixture again in August and are the one workforce to win at San Mames this season.

Athletic Membership have emerged as cup specialists in recent times however have loved a stellar league marketing campaign in 2023/24. Sitting fourth within the desk, Athletic harbour hopes of securing their first Champions League berth since 2014.

Here is 90min’s preview of Actual Madrid’s upcoming La Liga conflict.

Actual Madrid vs Athletic Membership H2H File (Final 5 Video games)

Present Type (all competitions)

Actual Madrid

Athletic Membership

Osasuna 2-4 Actual Madrid – 16/03/24

Athletic Membership 2-0 Deportivo Alaves – 16/03/24

Actual Madrid 4-0 Celta Vigo – 10/03/24

Las Palmas 0-2 Athletic Membership – 10/03/24

Actual Madrid 1-1 RB Leipzig – 06/03/24

Athletic Membership 0-0 Barcelona – 03/03/24

Valencia 2-2 Actual Madrid – 02/03/24

Athletic Membership 3-0 Atletico Madrid – 29/02/24

Actual Madrid 1-0 Sevilla – 25/02/24

Actual Betis 3-1 Athletic Membership – 25/02/24

Nation

TV channel/dwell stream

United Kingdom

LaLigaTV, Viaplay UK, Viaplay Sports activities 1

United States

ESPN Deportes, ESPN+

Canada

TSN+

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Vinicius Junior is suspended for Sunday’s recreation / ANDER GILLENEA/GettyImages

The hosts might be with out celebrity Vinicius Junior resulting from suspension on Sunday, so Joselu ought to companion Rodrygo up high. Vini Jr had scored 5 targets in his earlier three video games earlier than the break.

Eduardo Camavinga is the one recent harm concern after he picked up an ankle drawback on worldwide obligation. His problem is not believed to be severe, nonetheless, and he ought to make Sunday’s squad.

Dani Ceballos will miss out with a knee harm, whereas David Alaba and Thibaut Courtois are long-term absentees. Eder Militao is closing in on a return.

Madrid predicted lineup vs Athletic (4-3-1-2): Lunin; Carvajal, Rudiger, Nacho, Mendy; Tchouameni, Kroos, Valverde; Bellingham; Rodrygo, Joselu.

The guests are trying fairly wholesome heading into Sunday’s recreation.

Former Barcelona supervisor Ernesto Valverde might have a full complement of gamers to pick from, though veteran midfielder Ander Herrera is a doubt. Aitor Paredes additionally faces a late health check.

The Williams brothers will each begin on the Bernabeu.

Athletic predicted lineup vs Madrid (4-2-3-1): Simon; De Marcos, Vivian, Yeray, Lekue; De Galarreta, Prados; I. Williams, Sancet, N. Williams; Guruzeta.

Athletic have been supreme at house this season, and whereas their away document is way from poor, they’re taking up a Madrid aspect which can be but to lose on the Bernabeu.

The hosts are with out Vini Jr this weekend, however Rodrygo sometimes steps up in his compatriot’s absence. Jude Bellingham can also be again for Carlo Ancelotti’s aspect and the pair ought to make up for Vini’s suspension.

Athletic have the instruments to offer Madrid a scare or too, that is for positive, and this ought to be a terrific recreation. As soon as once more, although, Madrid’s particular person majesty will get them over the road.

Prediction: Actual Madrid 2-1 Athletic Membership

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