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Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao PREVIEW

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The Spanish La Liga, December 01, Kick-off 20:00 GMT

Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao PREVIEW STATS

MANAGER(S) STATS

Real Madrid’s Carlo Ancelotti has lost only one of his four LaLiga games as a manager against Athletic (W2 D1), winning the two played at home by an aggregate score of 8-1.

ATHLETIC BILBAO STATS

Athletic Club have drawn two of their last four away LaLiga games against Real Madrid (L2), after losing in each of their previous 12 matches away from home against them in the competition.

Athletic have lost only two of their last 12 away LaLiga games played on Wednesday (W4 D6), with both defeats coming in their last four matches on that day (1-2 v Atlético de Madrid in March 2021 and 1-0 v Huesca in May 2021).

REAL MADRID STATS

Real Madrid have won 93 of their 180 LaLiga games against Athletic Club (D36 L51), their second highest tally of wins against a single opponent in the competition’s history (104 v Espanyol – D33 L36).

Real Madrid are unbeaten in their last 12 LaLiga games against Athletic Club (W8 D4) and if they avoid defeat here, they will set their best unbeaten run against them in the top-flight.

Real Madrid have avoided defeat in their five LaLiga games against Athletic played on Wednesday (W3 D2), drawing the two played at home on that day against the Basque side (3-3 in 1973 and 1-1 in 2018).

Real Madrid have posted a league-high 14.8% shot conversion rate in LaLiga this season and Athletic have the second league-lowest such ratio in the competition (7.3%) after Getafe (6.1%). Athletic’s difference (-6.9) between goals scored (13) and expected goals (19.9) is the highest such differential in LaLiga 2021/22.

TOP PLAYER(S) STATS

Real Madrid´s Karim Benzema has scored 13 goals in 23 LaLiga appearances against Athletic – he has only scored more in the competition against Granada (14 goals in 17 games).

Athletic Club’s Raúl García has scored four goals against Real Madrid but none in LaLiga (three in Supercup and one in Copa del Rey) – he has played more games without scoring against the White side in LaLiga than against any other opponent (27).

Athletic Club’s Marcelino García Toral has failed to win any of his four games in LaLiga against Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti (D2 L2), all of them as Villarreal manager.

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