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LaLiga: ATH vs Madrid

Real Madrid will find a 7-point gap with Barca in the La Liga championship as they travel to the Basque country as Bilbao's guests on Sunday afternoon. Los Blancos are currently 4 points ahead of Barcelona while Athletic occupies 8th place, only 4 points behind Getafe in the race to qualify for the Europa League next season.

Recommendations Athletic Bilbao - La Liga

Bilbao will once again be without the experience of experienced midfielder Benat due to hip problems, but the hosts are in good shape and there won't be many surprises in the squad that will be brought in, with Inigo Cordoba will probably keep his position alongside Iker Muniain, Inaki Williams and Raul Garcia in attack. Mikel Vesga for Unai Lopez is likely to be a probable change in the midfield, although Garitano is incapable of making many changes from the squad that has won an impressive victory at Valencia. Bilbao has been in impressive form since returning to win 3, draw 2 and lose just 1 in 6 matches, the latest being an impressive 2-0 victory at Valencia on Wednesday night, with the only defeat being before Barca. Gaizka Garitano's team currently ranks 8th on the table, just 4 points behind Getafe. They played very impressive at home in the league this season, 9 winning out of 16 matches, just behind Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid and Barca. They have not defeated Los Blancos in La Liga since March 2015, despite drawing 4 times in the last 5 meetings.

Real Madrid outlook - La Liga

Key defender Raphael Varane also left the possibility of playing with a head injury after being forced to leave Getafe on Thursday night when he was hit in the face by the ball. The versatile Nacho is still sidelined by injury, but Eden Hazard is only rested before Getafe and has the ability to return to attack for this match, potentially joining Karim Benzema and Isco in attack. Zidane also has a decision to make when it comes to his midfield, and it is likely that Federico Valverde's energy may be given priority over Luka Modric's experience with Casemiro and Toni Kroos for the midfield. The White Vulture has had 6 consecutive victories after beating at least 1-0 to Getafe on Thursday night, with Sergio Ramos scoring the only goal in the 79th minute from the penalty spot. Zinedine Zidane's team is now 4 points ahead of Barca.