Athletic Club and Real Madrid will be locking horns in the round 18 of La Liga Santander 2022/23 at San Mames Barria on Sunday evening.
La Liga Santander 2022/23 will return with another spectacular fixture in matchday 18 between Athletic Club and Real Madrid. It promises to be an exciting game with lots of talking points and attacking actions between two of the greatest Spanish sides. The hosts have lost a bit of their momentum in the league and are without a win since the restart after the World Cup. Real Madrid, too haven’t enjoyed the best of the times after the World Cup but managed to snatch a much needed comeback win over Villarreal in the Copa del Rey during mid week.
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|Athletic Club vs Real Madrid||Key Details|
|Date||23 January, 2023 (India)|
22 January, 2023 (Spain)
|Venue||San Mames Barria|
|Kickoff time India||1:30 am IST (Monday)|
|Kickoff time Spain||9:00 pm CET (Sunday)|
Inconsistencies have marked the recent results of Athletic Club. In their last six games, they have managed three victories to go with two draws and a defeat. Ernesto Valverde’s side started the season in terrific manner. However, just before the international break weaknesses started to appear as they only earned two wins in their last seven league outings. The former Barcelona boss hasn’t been able to get the group working again with only one point from the three league matches after the restart. Facing Real Madrid doesn’t provide any respite either to Bilbao.
Real Madrid are going about this season with an added pressure of trying to retain their La Liga and Champions League crowns. Madrid have a very congested fixture list with a game virtually every three days. They were handed a reality check by rivals, Barcelona in the final of the Spanish Super Cup. Things looked to go even worse in the Copa del Rey where they were on the brink of elimination with Villarreal 2-0 up at half time. However, as is the tradition of the club, they managed to dig themselves out of the hole and booked their place in the quarters. Madrid will need to grind out results like this to ensure this season is able match the success of the last one.
Inigo Martinez (Physical Discomfort) and Yeray Alvarez (Suspended) are out for this game for Athletic Club. As for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, Aurelien Tchouameni, David Alaba, Lucas Vasquez and Dani Carvajal won’t feature due to injury woes.
Athletic Club possible line-up: Simon, de Marcos, Vivian, Paredes, Berchiche, Zarraga, Vesga, Inaki Williams, Sancet, Nico Williams, Guruzeta
Real Madrid possible line-up: Courtois, Nacho, Militao, Rudiger, Mendy, Camavinga, Ceballos, Kroos, Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius Jr.
|Real Sociedad||3-1 (L)|
|Last 5 Matches||Result|
|Athletic Club beat Real Madrid||1-0|
|Athletic Club lost to Real Madrid||0-2|
|Athletic Club lost to Real Madrid||1-2|
|Real Madrid beat Athletic Club||1-0|
|Athletic Club lost to Real Madrid||0-1|
The La Liga match between Athletic Club and Real Madrid will take place at San Mames Barria on Monday at 9:00 pm IST.
The live telecast of the La Liga matches in India is available on the Sports 18 network. Fans will also be able to watch the match on Jio TV. Besides, the match between Athletic Club and Real Madrid can also be seen on Movistar +, Movistar La Liga 2 and Movistar La Liga in Spain.
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