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Spanish La Liga leaders Real Madrid visit Athletic Bilbao on Thursday in the Copa del Rey. Los Blancos are coming off of a successful January in which they claimed the Supercopa de Espana trophy against Athletic Bilbao. Now, the two sides will meet just weeks after the first piece of Spanish silverware was handed out.

Athletic Bilbao are a traditional Copa del Rey team and will aim to pick up a win in the quarter-finals at home versus Real Madrid. The Lions reached the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey having defeated Atletico Mancha Real and Barcelona in the previous two rounds.

Real Madrid reached the Copa del Rey quarter-finals thanks to wins over Alcoyano and Elche. The team’s win over Elche saw them pushed to the brink of elimination. The game went to extra-time with Elche scoring first. Real Madrid then scored twice to get to the last eight.

Athletic Bilbao are winless in four straight matches against Real Madrid in all competitions. The Lions are aiming for their first win over Real Madrid since the 2019 Supercopa de Espana semifinals.

Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid Betting Odds

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Real Madrid are unbeaten in six straight games in all competitions but we unable to win their last match againt Elche as Los Blancos' lead at the top of the La Liga table took a hit. Real Madrid's last two domestic games finished as draws and both of those matches were against Elche in the cup and league.

The bookies make the La Liga leaders favourites going into Thursday's tie at odds of 5/4. Carlo Ancelotti’s team is the favourite to win to lift the trophy which would be their first Copa del Rey triumph since 2014 when Ancelotti was in the job previously.

Athletic Bilbao can be backed at odds of 47/20 to win at home at full-time versus Real Madrid. The Lions are winless in 15 of their last 16 matches versus Real Madrid but the Basque side are unbeaten in their last six out of seven matches. Their only loss during that time was the Supercopa de Espana Final to Real Madrid.

If wish to back a draw the you can find this selection at odds of 49/20 but history makes this an unlikely outcome. Seven matches between these teams ended with a winner.

Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid Team News

Neither Athletic Bilbao nor Real Madrid made a signing during the January transfer window. Real Madrid’s decision to not sign a player goes along with their long-term plan to sign Kylian Mbappe on a free transfer in the summer.

Ancelotti is likely to be without defenders Ferland Mendy and Jesus Vallejo, who are both suffering from muscle injuries. Fowards Marco Asensio, Mariano Diaz, and Sergio Arribas are all three doubts. Arribas tested positive for COVID-19 while the other two forwards have muscle issues.

Athletic Bilbao manager Marcelino has four players on the injured and absent list going into the match. Iker Munian tested positive for COVID-19 and is a doubt. Oihan Sancet is a doubt due to a knee injury, Unai Vencedor has a hamstring injury and is set to miss out. Foward Asier Villalibre has a hamstring injury and is a doubt.

Iker Munian who is a doubt due to a positive COVID-19 test leads the team with five assists.

Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid H2H

Athletic Bilbao are winless in four straight matches against Real Madrid in all competitions. The Lions are aiming for their first win over Real Madrid since the 2019 Supercopa de Espana semifinals.

These teams have met three this season already with Real Madrid winning all three games. The first meeting finished 1-0 thanks to a Karim Benzema first half goal. Game two ended 2-1 to Real Madrid thanks to scores from Benzema. He scored both goals in the game’s opening seven minutes.

Their third match of the campaign ended 2-0 in favour of Real Madrid. Luka Modric and Benzema scored the goals for Los Blancos in the match.

Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid Prediction

Karim Benzema to score two or more goals @ 15/2 - BET NOW

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Karim Benzema has scored four goals in three games against Athletic Bilbao this season. He loves scoring goals against the Basque club and our first tip for this match is for Benzema to score two or more goals versus the Lions. Benzema has scored 24 goals in 28 games in all competitions this term. The Frenchman has scored more goals against Athletic Bilbao than any other club. He has 18 goals in 27 games all time versus Athletic Bilbao.

Over 2.5 goals @ 10/11 - BET NOW

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Three of the last six games in all competitions between these teams finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Athletic Bilbao are a cup team and will have designs on winning in the quarterfinals versus Real Madrid. Four of the last seven Athletic Bilbao Copa del Rey and La Liga matches finished with over 2.5 goals. Real Madrid are coming off of a 2-2 draw with Elche in the league.

Half with most goals: First half @ 23/10 - BET NOW

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Three of the last five games in all competitions between these teams saw the most goals scored in the first half and we are backing Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid to once again play a game with the first half seeing the most goals on the night.

Real Madrid are in good form ahead of this game, but so are Athletic Bilbao. The Lions thrive in the Copa del Rey and they will have their eyes set on reaching the final. Ancelotti is the last Real Madrid manager to win the Copa del Rey.

Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid Betting Tips