Real Madrid has a chance to apply massive pressure on Barcelona when Los Blancos face Athletic Bilbao on Sunday in La Liga action. It’s Matchday 34 with Real leading the title race by four points for Barca, but a victory at the San Mames would move Zinedine Zidane’s team seven points clear ahead of Barca’s visit to surging Villarreal later in the day. A win for Real and Barca dropping points may essentially have the title race pretty much decided.
Here’s how you can watch the match and what to know:
- Date: Sunday, July 5
- Time: 8 a.m. ET
- Location: San Mames — Bilbao, Spain
- TV: beIN Sports
- Live stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
- Odds: Real Madrid -138; Draw +270; Bilbao +400 (via William Hill Sportsbook)
Real Madrid: Los Blancos enter on a five-game winning streak since play returned, and the defense has conceded just two goals. While they haven’t been overly convincing in attack, they just get the job done and continue to accumulate points. They may have been a bit fortunate against Getafe by getting a late penalty kick, but they’ll take it and deserved to win that one with the chances created. But Bilbao has a defense in top form, and they may just need a moment of magic or some luck on a set piece to extend its lead over Barca.
Athletic Bilbao: Athletic is still in the race for a Europa League spot, trailing the top six by four points with five games to go. A point here will be enough to keep them in the race, though getting into the top six remains tricky. An improve defense should see them keep this close though, as Athletic has conceded two goals in its last four games, winning three of them. The other match was a loss to Barcelona. There is some serious pressure to get a result if they hope to play in Europe next season.
Real takes another step towards the title with another narrow win. Pick: Real Madrid 1, Athletic Bilbao 0