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  • 18 November 2012
  • • 02:30
  • • Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
  • Referee: José Antonio Teixeira Vitienes
  • • Attendance: 76000
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Real Madrid - Athletic Bilbao Preview: Los Merengues look to maintain winning run

Real Madrid - Athletic Bilbao Preview: Los Merengues look to maintain winning run

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Jose Mourinho's side have won their last four Liga matches and will try to keep the pressure on leaders Barcelona when they entertain the Basques at the Bernabeu on Saturday

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

REAL MADRID

Casillas
Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao
Khedira, Alonso
Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo
Benzema
ATHLETIC BILBAO

Iraizoz
Iraola, San Jose, Amorebieta, Aurtenetxe
Gurpegui, Iturraspe
Susaeta, Muniain, Gomez
Aduriz

Real Madrid duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Mesut Ozil are fit for the visit of Athletic Bilbao after recovering from knocks suffered at Levante last weekend.

Sami Khedira (thigh) and Karim Benzema (groin) have returned to training and will be available for Saturday's clash, but Gonzalo Higuain and Marcelo are still sidelined.

Athletic will be without the services of midfield pair Ander Herrera and Oscar de Marcos, who are both suspended.

Inigo Perez and Borja Ekiza are major doubts with ankle problems, while Fernando Amorebieta could miss out after picking up a knock while on international duty with Venezuela.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Real Madrid have won six of their last seven matches in La Liga.
  • With just eight goals conceded, the Castilian giants have the tightest defence in the Primera Division this campaign.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (pictured, right) increased his Liga goal tally to 124 against Levante, surpassing Emilio Butragueno's record for Madrid. However, he still has someway to go to catch all-time club top scorer Raul (228 goals).
  • Athletic Bilbao have won just one of their last 13 away matches in all competitions (W1, D3, L9).
  • The Basque outfit have lost their last five Liga encounters with Real Madrid.
  • Athletic's last Liga victory over Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu was a 2-0 success in February 2005.

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