Athletic to derail Real’s title hopes?

2019-20 La Liga
3-6 July 2020
Round 34

Athletic Bilbao will aim to derail Real Madrid’s title hopes when the teams meet at San Mames Barria on Sunday 5 July 2020, kick-off at 15:00. The match is one of 10 spread across 3-6 July as part of La Liga’s Round 34 action.

Athletic come into the match on the back of a Wednesday night fixture away to Valencia. The Basque side is unbeaten at home since the resumption after lockdown, with their last clash at San Mames bringing a 3-1 victory over Mallorca last weekend.

“We will have to be disciplined and adapt to whatever situations arise,” said Athletic manager Gaizka Garitano. “These are difficult circumstances for the players, with so many games in such a short space of time, and in the summer heat, but we will not make any excuses.”

Real will have a day’s less rest compared to their hosts, as they tackle Getafe in a Madrid derby at Estadio Alfred Di Stefano on Thursday. Yet Zinedine Zidane’s team have looked determined since the restart and find themselves in a great position to reclaim La Liga title glory.

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“People can say one thing or another but what interests me is [the next match]. I have my opinions but I am not going to say them because the same could happen or the complete opposite,” said Zidane in regards to Real’s push for championship glory.

In head-to-head stats, Athletic and Real have met in 55 matches across all competitions. Los Blancos have claimed 34 wins compared to 11 for the Bilbao side, while 10 games have been drawn.

When the teams met in La Liga earlier this season, they played to a goalless stalemate at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in December 2019. In fact, four of the teams’ last five La Liga meetings have ended in draws.

Athletic v Real – Head-to-head

Matches played 55
Athletic wins 11
Real wins 34
Draws 10

La Liga fixtures, 3-6 July

Friday 3 July
23:00: Atletico Madrid v Mallorca

Saturday 4 July
18:00: Celta Vigo v Real Betis
20:30: Real Valladolid v Deportivo Alaves
23:00: Granada v Valencia

Sunday 5 July
15:00: Athletic Bilbao v Real Madrid
18:00: Espanyol v Leganes
20:30: Osasuna v Getafe
23:00: Villareal v Barcelona

Monday 6 July
20:30: Levante v Real Sociedad
23:00: Sevilla v Eibar

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Published: 07/02/2020