Athletic Bilbao – Real Madrid: the official line-ups


Direction San Mamés for the shock of the 18th day of La Liga. This Sunday evening, Athletic Bilbao, sixth with 26 points, receives Real Madrid, second with 38 units. If the Basques, beaten in the derby by Real Sociedad last weekend (1-3), will try to end a series of three games without a win in the league (two draws, one defeat), the Merengues, they , will try to recover from their defeat against rivals FC Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup final last Sunday (1-3). The meeting can be followed live with commentary on Foot Mercato from 9 p.m.

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For this match, Ernesto Valverde must compose without Yeray Alvarez (suspended) and Inigo Martinez (injured) and lines up a 4-2-3-1 with the Williams brothers, Nico on the right wing and Inaki alone up front, while Yuri Berchiche, the former PSG, starts as a left side. Opposite, Carlo Ancelotti is deprived of Tchouaméni, Alaba, Carvajal, Hazard and Lucas Vazquez, all injured, and aligns his usual 4-3-3 with three Frenchmen, Ferland Mendy in the side, Eduardo Camavinga in the midfield and Karim Benzema in offensive.

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Team compositions:

Athletic’s starting XI: Simon – De Marcos, Paredes, Vivian, Berchiche – Zarraga, Vesga – N.Williams, Sancet, Berenguer – I.Williams

Real Madrid starting XI: Courtois – Nacho, Rüdiger, Militao, F. Mendy – Valverde, Camavinga, Ceballos – Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius Jr

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