The classic duel between the 2 traditional strong club in Spain will be held tonight at San Mames Stadium. Bilbao, who still need the 3 points to increase their 7th position in the league standings will surely give a persistent performance.
As for the visitor Real Madrid, they only need 1 more victory to ensure their place as the winner of Spanish league Title this season. So a victory tonight will be an early celebration for them, and a draw can only give a slight hope for rival Barcelona.
Based on head to head statistic, Real Madrid recorded 4 victories in the last 4 meetings. Real Madrid even made an impressive goal record of 17 goals on Bilbao, while only let them to conceived 3 goals. The last time Bilbao have defeated Madrid was in January 2012 with a close victory ove 1-0.
So far, Bilbao is not yet to move out from his 7th rank in the standings, with 48 points in 35 matches. However, Bilbao is hard to get beaten in their home ground, and only suffered 1 lost at San Mames in the last 10 league games, 6 victory, and 3 draw results. But for Real Madrid who have never got beaten in the last 15 away match, facing Bilbao is probably like walking in the park.
HEAD TO HEAD
22 Jan 2012 : Real Madrid 4-1 Athletic Bilbao (La Liga)
8 Apr 2011 : Athletic Bilbao 0-3 Real Madrid (La Liga)
20 Nov 2010 : Real Madrid 5-1 Athletic Bilbao (La Liga)
8 Mei 2010 : Real Madrid 5-1 Athletic Bilbao (La Liga)
16 Jan 2010 : Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Real Madrid (La Liga)