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Primera División

  • May 2, 2012
  • • 21:00
  • • Estadio San Mamés, Bilbao
  • Referee: José Antonio Teixeira Vitienes
  • • Attendance: 39500
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Athletic Bilbao - Real Madrid Preview: Los Blancos on brink of 32nd La Liga title

Athletic Bilbao - Real Madrid Preview: Los Blancos on brink of 32nd La Liga title

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Jose Mourinho's side can clinch the Primera Division crown with victory in the hostile surroundings of San Mames, regardless of Barcelona's result against Malaga

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

ATHLETIC BILBAO


Iraizoz
Iraola, Martinez, Amorebieta, Aurtenetxe
Perez, De Marcos
Susaeta, Muniain, Ibai
Llorente
REAL MADRID


Casillas
Arbeloa, Pepe, Ramos, Coentrao
Khedira, Alonso
Callejon, Ozil, Ronaldo
Benzema

Athletic Bilbao boss Marcelo Bielsa is set to field his strongest possible XI for Wednesday's visit of Real Madrid, with Javi Martinez, Iker Muniain, Markel Susaeta and Fernando Llorente all returning to the starting line-up.

Midfielders Ander Iturraspe and Ander Herrera are ruled out through suspension, but left-back Jon Aurtenetxe is available after serving a one-match ban.

Real Madrid have reported no new injury concerns and have a fully fit squad for the trip to the Basque Country. Winger Angel Di Maria serves a ban for accumulating five yellow cards, so Jose Callejon may get a rare start.

Fabio Coentrao could replace Marcelo at left-back, while in midfield, Sami Khedira should return in place of Esteban Granero.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Athletic Bilbao have won six of their last nine home matches in La Liga.
  • The Basques have lost nine of their last 10 encounters with Real Madrid.
  • Bilbao face Los Blancos' city-rivals Atletico Madrid in the Europa League final on May 9 in Bucharest.
  • Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last 20 league matches (W17, D3).
  • Los Blancos have scored in all but one of their last 48 games - a goalless draw against Valencia on April 8.
  • Should Madrid win, Jose Mourinho (pictured right) will become the first coach in history to have won the domestic championship in four major European leagues (Portugal, England, Italy and Spain).

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Athletic Club

Real Madrid

Wins
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1
4
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

Athletic Club Bilbao ATH
Athletic Club Bilbao Athletic Club
Draw
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol Real Madrid
22%
73%

Top 3 Predictions

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Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA
Athletic Club Bilbao ATH
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1 - 4
Real Madrid Club de Fútbol RMA

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