Real Madrid seemed to be on a precipice of a mini crisis following their defeat to Villarreal in LaLiga before their capitulation against Barcelona in the final of the Spanish Super Cup.
However, the side led by Carlo Ancelotti did well to bounce back against Villarreal in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey, overturning a two-goal deficit to win 3-2.
Now they go to Bilbao to take on Athletic Club, with the Basque club currently on a disappointing run of form after winning just once in their last five games.
Athletic Club vs Real Madrid predicted line-ups
For Athletic, the Basque side will definitely be without Yeray Alvarez due to his suspension. Inigo Martinez is also a doubt, though the side are set to welcome back Inaki Williams and Unai Simon.
Real Madrid, meanwhile, will miss a host of players including Lucas Vazquez, David Alaba, Aurelien Tchouameni and Dani Carvajal. Luka Modric, meanwhile, could return to the starting 11.
Athletic Club’s predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Simon; De Marcos, Paredes, Vivian, Yuri; D Garcia, Vesga; I Williams, Sancet, N Williams; Guruzeta.
Real Madrid’s predicted line-up (4-3-3): Courtois; Nacho, Militao, Rudiger, Mendy; Modric, Camavinga, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius.
Athletic Club vs Real Madrid: When does it start?
This Sunday’s match between Athletic Club and Real Madrid kicks off at 21:00 CET, the local time in Spain.
For those living in the UK, you can tune in at 20:00 GMT. For American viewers, the match will begin at 15:00 ET/ 12:00 PT.
Athletic Club vs Real Madrid: Where to watch it?
The LaLiga Santander match between Athletic Club and Real Madrid will take place at San Mames on Sunday, January 22.
For those living in the UK, you can watch the game on Premier Sports 2 and LaLiga TV, while viewers in the USA can tune in via ESPN+, ESPN Deportes, and ESPN Deportes+.
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