Real Madrid welcome Athletic Club to the Santiago Bernabeu on Sunday,
knowing they could be trailing second placed Atletico Madrid by as many as seven points by kickoff.
With the league title long gone, Madrid will want to finish as high as possible to end a disappointing season on a positive note–
although Monday night’s draw against Leganes hasn’t helped their case.
Fans are unhappy with the prospect at finishing behind both bitter rivals Atletico Madrid and Barcelona,
but it will take a strong end to the season– with just six games remaining– to avoid the third spot on the podium.
While Madrid haven’t got much but pride to play for, Gaizka Garitano’s men are chasing a Europa League spot,
sitting three points behind sixth-placed Valencia and six from an unlikely Champions League spot, currently occupied by Sevilla.
Head to Head Record Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao
The last three matches between the sides have been draws, Isco was the hero (for a given value of ‘hero’) when they last met in September, snatching a point for Los Blancos after Iker Muniain put Athletic ahead.
Los Leones haven’t beaten Real since March 2015 though, and are without a win at the Bernabeu in 14 years. There have been nine draws between the teams, Madrid have won 34 and Bilbao have triumphed on 12 occasions.
Score Prediction: Real Madrid 1-0 Athletic Bilbao