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Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao takes place Saturday in La Liga with the Spanish champions looking to continue their revival and drive to catch rivals Barcelona at the top of the table. The game kicks off at 4 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream via the link below.
After 11 games gone in the season Real still lag behind Barcelona by eight points. Barca lead La Liga with 31 points where as Real are still struggling in third place with just 23 points.
By the time Real take to the pitch for this game Barcelona could have extended their lead to 11 points over them, as they are playing in an earlier 2 p.m. ET kick off against Real Zaragoza. If that is the case the pressure will be on for Real to win to pull back Barcelona's lead to single digits again. However, if Zaragoza can claim an unlikely win or even draw at the Nou Camp then Real will start this fixture with urgency to claim the win that would close the gap on the league leaders.
Real Madrid will be hot favorites for this game. They are unbeaten at home, having won four from five at the Bernabeu, drawing the other game. Meanwhile Athletic Bilbao are down in 12th position in La Liga and have a poor away record, with just one win, one draw, and three losses from their five games on the road so far this season. They have conceded 13 goals in those five away games - nearly three goals a game. If they do not tighten up the defense for this match then Real could run all over them.
Real Madrid have scored 15 goals in their five home games so far this season - also three goals a game, indicating that the floodgates could open up on the Bilbao goal.
The last time these teams played against one another, Athletic Bilbao were forced to watch Real claim their 32nd La Liga title in front of their own home crowd. Bilbao were beaten that day 3-0, and it could be a similar result today if Athletic Bilbao are not right at the top of their game. However, they have won their past two straight games and should be confident to at least put up a fight and make themselves tough to beat against Real today.
Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao kicks off at 4 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.