Competition: La Liga Date: Sunday 23rd October 2016 Venue: Santiago Bernabeu Kick-Off: 19:45 BST
Zinedine Zidane’s side are without injured trio Casemiro, Luka Modric and Sergio Ramos, with the three absentees severely affecting Real Madrid’s spine.
Alvaro Morata has shown form recently but Karim Benzema could get another chance to lead the line, whilst Isco should continue in midfield despite James Rodriguez’ return from injury.
Athletic Bilbao are going through a mini injury crisis and the main concern will be the potential unavailability of main-man Aritz Aduriz. If the veteran is unable to feature, Sabin Merino will lead the line.
Oscar De Marcos and Inigo Lekue are amongst those potentially sidelined through injury, whilst Mikel Balenziaga is suspended.
Bouncing back from consecutive draws, Real Madrid have won two in a row against Real Betis and Legia Warsaw. The welcoming of Athletic Bilbao presents a good chance to extend that run, although Los Blancos are now without a clean sheet in their last ten matches.
Athletic are in a poor run currently, losing against Malaga and Genk, but Ernesto Valverde’s side have won five of their last six La Liga matches. Whilst the odds are against them tomorrow, it may be a good time to face Real Madrid due to their big absentees and Athletic will try for a result.
In the end though, nothing but a Real Madrid victory should be expected.
Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo, Isco, Kroos, Kovacic, Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo
Iraizoz, Boveda, Etxeita, Laporte, Saborit, Benat, San Jose, Williams, Garcia, Muniain, Aduriz
Real Madrid have won 21 of their last 24 matches against Athletic Club in all competitions.
Real Madrid are undefeated in their last 20 matches in La Liga.
Athletic have won five of their last six La Liga matches.