Real Madrid to visit San Mames without Bale and Asensio

Real will be visiting San Mames this Sunday and will hope to get maximum points at the difficult hole ground of Athletic Bilbao. The Basque club have history of stopping top opponents at home and will hope Real will become the latest of their good home record. Real however are out to close the gap on Barcelona at the top of the table and still mount a title challenge. With this, Zidane will have to field his strongest side going into the match.

Keylor Navas will be in goal as usual and has one responsibility on the night, keep a clean sheet. He has to be at his best in this kind of game.

Real Madrid have the opportunity of having all their first choice defenders available for this encounter. Dani Carvajal and Marcelo will both keep their place at full backs while Sergio Ramos and Rafael Varane are to partner at the heart of defence. The have to be at their best to shop Bilbao’s attacking players like Iniaki Williams and Aduriz.

The known faces will keep their place in the team and help Madrid record a win at San Mames. Casemiro, Modric, Kroos and Isco have become constant and first choice midfielders at Real since late last season and Zidane is unlikely to change or drop anyone for this match. The injury to Bale and Asensio also made the decision to start the four of them a straight call for Zizuo.

If you guess Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, you’re right. They are the constant faces in the Real attacking like for the past nine years and will still keep their place for this encounter.

Predicted lineup: Navas, Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Casemiro, , Kroos, Modric, Isco, Ronaldo, Benzema.

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