In his worst moment since Zinedine Zidane took over, Real Madrid face Athletic Bilbao on Saturday, December 2. The match, which is part of the fourteenth round of the Spanish Championship 2017/2018 version, has kick-off scheduled for 5:45 pm (GMT). It happens in the San Mamés stadium in Bilbao.
recent performance of Athletic Bilbao
The situation is also not good for the team of Bilbao, who got only two points from the last 15 played in LaLiga. It was two draws and three losses. Considered a candidate to fight for a place in the European tournament at the beginning of the season, the team occupies a modest sixteenth position. He has 13 points (three wins, four draws and six losses).
The brutal drop in revenue has been put into the account of coach Jose Ziganda, who has not been able to promote a safe transition from the team that lost Ernesto Valverde to Barcelona.
The red alert has not yet been switched on as the threat of relegation is still far off. Athletic has almost double the points of Malaga, which opened the relegation zone at the start of the fourteenth round. However, the results far below what was expected made this reformulation rather turbulent.
Problems increased significantly on Wednesday, 29 November. In Athletic Bilbao, Athletic Bilbao were defeated by Formentera in the Third Division and was surprisingly eliminated from the King’s Cup as they had not gone from 1-0 to their opponents’ home in the first leg. Promoted from Athletic Bilbao’s B team, Ziganda is under threat.
What has sustained his position is the participation of the club in the Europa League. With eight points (two wins, two draws and a loss), Athletic Bilbao are in second place in group J. It has a good chance of progressing to the next phase. He will face Zorya, away from home, needing the draw, next Thursday. If you do not achieve this classification, it is unlikely that the coach will be maintained.
This, of course, if not fall before the game. After all, Real Madrid is halfway there. For the departure of this Saturday, Ziganda should be able to count on practically all its cast. Only Benat midfielder (six matches in the 2017/2018 Spanish League without a goal) and striker Iker Muniain (six games, one goal) are in the infirmary.
The current form of Real Madrid
Real also had a scare on Tuesday. In the return match of the fourth phase of the King’s Cup, he was at a disadvantage against the minuscule Fuenlabrada and had to settle for the 2-2 draw at the Santiago Bernabeu.
It was not a disaster, because in the first leg the Real had won 2-0. Another mitigation was the fact that coach Zinedine Zidane used a team almost entirely reserved.
However, it served to show that the team is far from its best moments, even having achieved three wins and two draws in the last five games. More than results, the lack of quality football has bothered fans and analysts.
In the Spanish Championship, however, the crisis is also a result. With 27 points (eight wins, three draws and two losses), Real are ranked fourth with eight handicap points compared to leading Barcelona before the ball touches on the 14th round.
The tie against Fuenlabrada was not considered a total loss because it allowed the coach to promote the return of two holders who were out injured. Goalkeeper Keylor Navas has been active since the start and should be retained on Saturday. Gareth Bale entered the second stage. It is still doubt for Saturday. The tendency is for it to be related to the reservation bank.
History of the matches Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid
Real beat Athletic in the last four games. In the previous season of Spanish, scored 2 to 1 at home and repeated the score as a visitor.
Both teams are disappointing fans. Not even the home factor that was crucial to Athletic last season has been enough to cover up the limitations of the cast. It would be a great opportunity for Real. However, the Madrid team also offers no confidence. Thus, the tie becomes a good option for a guess with a price of 4.50 in Rivalo. Victory of the owners of the house pays 7.50 and the visitors yields 1.45 per 1.
Our Prediction: DRAW @ 4.50