Real Madrid host Athletic Bilbao on Sunday at the Santiago Bernabeu. Real Madrid may have Zinedine Zidane back in charge, but they are still struggling for form. Los Blancos could only manage a 1-1 draw against Leganes on Monday night.
Since Christmas, Athletic Bilbao have put distance between themselves and the relegation zone. In fact, relegation is a distant memory as Athletic Bilbao are seventh and knocking on the door of Europa League qualification.
The two Spanish rivals played out a 1-1 draw in their previous match in September. Athletic Bilbao went ahead in the first half through Iker Munian before Isco equalised just after the hour-mark.
The last three fixtures between Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao have been low scoring with under 2.5 goals scored in each game. All three of the clubs' meetings ended in draws.
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Karim Benzema is in fantastic form for Real Madrid. Benzema has scored eight goals in his last eight La Liga matches, including Real Madrid's only goal on Monday night. Centre-back Sergio Ramos is out of action for Real Madrid. The combative defender suffered a calf injury that should see him sidelined for at least one more match.
Thibaut Courtois returned to training last week but did not feature against Leganes. He could be inserted in the team for th e weekend.
Zidane could have Vinicius Jr back from an ankle injury that has kept him out since Real Madrid's Champions League exit at the hands of Ajax. The fleet-footed winger is yet to appear for Real Madrid since Zidane returned.
Under 2.5 goals scored @ 13/8 - BET NOW
The last three matches between Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao have not seen many goals. The two sides have combined for under 2.5 goals in each of those matches. Real Madrid are coming off of a dismal 1-1 draw with Leganes. Meanwhile, Athletic Bilbao have only scored 36 goals this term. Sunday should see another low-scoring affair.
Both teams to score @ 4/6 - BET NOW
Real Madrid and Athletic Bilbao have found the back of the net against one another in recent meetings. Although games have been low scoring, the two clubs have tallied goals. Their last two matches ended in 1-1 draws. Based on form, they should both score as they struggle to find anything more than one goal apiece.
Karim Benzema to score anytime @ 5/6 - BET NOW
Benzema just can't stop scoring. The Frenchman is playing some of the best football of his career, and at times, he is carrying Real Madrid on his back. Benzema has scored 18 goals in 32 league games. He has a hot hand which isn't something that can be said about his teammates.
Real Madrid have not caught fire like expected when Zidane returned to the helm. After a brief upturn, Los Blancos are struggling for goals once more. Athletic Bilbao took points off of Real Madrid in their first meeting and there is no reason they won't do it once more.
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