La Liga Predictions: Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao

Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao

La Liga Match Prediction: Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao

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December 23, 2019,

Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid

Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao

Real Madrid will bring their 2019 to a close with a home La Liga fixture against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday night.

Los Blancos are level on points with Barcelona at the top of the table heading into this weekend’s matches, while Bilbao sit seventh with 27 points to show for their efforts this term.

Bilbao, on the other hand, currently sit seventh in La Liga, just three points off the top four. They have only lost four of their 17 league matches and will be looking to challenge for a Champions League spot this term.

Real Madrid’s performance in La Liga 2019:

Barring Karim Benzema no player has been able to score goals on a consistent basis for Madrid. Their second highest scorer in the league this season is Sergio Ramos while Gareth Bale has 2.

A record of 10 wins, six draws and one defeat has seen Los Blancos collect 36 points. They have the joint-second best defensive record in the league this term, while their performance at Camp Nou on Wednesday would have given their fans plenty of confidence heading into the winter break.

Madrid are also unbeaten at the Bernabeu in all competitions this season, while they have won six of their last seven league fixtures on home soil, which is an indication of the size of the task facing Bilbao.

Madrid will once again be without Marco Asensio, Lucas Vazquez, Eden Hazard and Marcelo through injury, while James Rodriguez remains on the sidelines despite stepping up his recovery from a knee problem by taking part in training this week.

Casemiro is suspended after picking up a booking against Barca, meanwhile, meaning that Luka Modric could return alongside Federico Valverde and Toni Kroos in midfield.

There is also likely to be a change in the final third with Rodrygo Goes pushing to replace Gareth Bale, although Isco is expected to keep his spot having impressed against Ernesto Valverde’s side.

Athletic Bilbao’s performance in La Liga 2019:

Bilbao, meanwhile, were in Copa del Rey action on Thursday, recording a 3-0 win over Tercera Division side Intercity. They have only taken a point from their last two league fixtures, though, losing at Real Betis before being held at home by Eibar last weekend.

Ander Capa will be unavailable through suspension having picked up a booking against Eibar last weekend, while Yeray Alvarez, Oscar de Marcos, Iker Muniain and Artiz Aduriz are on the treatment table.

The visitors will be far from at full strength heading into this match, and Raul Garcia could again start in the centre-forward position with support from Inaki Williams and Inigo Cordoba in the wide areas.

Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao Predicted Line-up:

Real Madrid

Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Ferland Mendy; Federico Valverde, Luka Modric, Toni Kroos; Rodrygo, Karim Benzema, Isco.

Athletic Bilbao

Unai Simon; Lekue, Inigo Martinez, Unai Nunez, Yuri Berchiche; Dani Garcia, Unai Lopez; San Jose, Inaki Williams, Inigo Cordoba; Raul Garcia

Real Madrid vs Athletic Bilbao: Today's Match Prediction

  1. Real Madrid have won 14 of their last 15 home matches against Athletic Bilbao in all competitions.
  2. Real Madrid have seen over 2.5 goals in 14 of their last 15 home matches against Athletic Bilbao in all competitions.
  3. Real Madrid have scored at least 2 goals in 14 of their last 15 home matches against Athletic Bilbao in all competitions.
  4. Real Madrid have won 6 of their last 7 la liga home matches.
  5. Real Madrid are undefeated in their last 8 la liga matches.
  6. Real Madrid have lost just one of their last 18 games in all competitions.
  7. Real Madrid boast second-best defensive record in the league behind only Atletico Madrid. Meanwhile, Barcelona have conceded 8 more than Real. However, Barca have also scored 10 more.
  8. Karim Benzema is la liga 2019-20’s top scorer (before this gameweek) with 12 goals. In addition, he also has 5 assists, only 1 less than leader Lionel Messi. He is likely to add to his tally.
  9. Both the sides have only conceded 12 goals each in la liga 2019-20.
  10. Bilbao have not triumphed in the league at the Bernabeu since February 2005, and it is a big ask for the Basque outfit to overcome Zidane’s outfit on Sunday night.

La Liga Match today: Barcelona vs Alaves

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La Liga Match Prediction: Barcelona vs Alaves

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December 21, 2019

Camp Nou, Barcelona

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After a lacklustre performance in the El Clasico against Real Madrid, Barcelona host 14th placed Alaves in la liga to continue piling pressure on Real Madrid on top of the la liga table. They are currently levelled in terms of points.

They have drawn their last two games in LaLiga, dropping points against Real Sociedad and Real Madrid.

Alaves, meanwhile, are coming on the back of a second-round defeat against Real Jaen in the Copa del Rey. They are winless in 4 games.

Barcelona’s performance in La Liga 2019:

Sergio Busquets was unfit to feature in El Clasico in midwee,k but should be ready to return to the midfield on Saturday.

Nelson Semedo is also expected to get the nod at right-back ahead of Sergi Roberto.

Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti will battle it out to feature at centre-back alongside Gerard Pique.

While Lionel Messi leads the goal-scorer chart, he has been brilliantly supported by Luis Suarez, who has scored 9 goals, and Antoine Griezmann, who has 6 in the league so far.

Alaves performance in La Liga 2019:

Victor Laguardia and Mubarak Wakaso both return from suspension and should come back into the side at centre-back and in central midfield, respectively.

Ximo Navarro is expected to replace Martin at right back owing to Asier Garitano wanting to keep things tight at the back.

Oliver Burke and Aleix Vidal should feature out wide as one striker is sacrificed, leaving Joselu likely to feature from the bench.

Tomas Pina remains sidelined.

Alaves are likely to use a 4-3-3 formation.

Barcelona vs Alaves Predicted line-up:

Barcelona

Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Ivan Rakitic, Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets; Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann.

Alaves

Fernando Pacheco; Ruben Duarte, Victor Laguardia, Rodrigo Ely, Ximo Navarro; Pere Pons, Manu Garcia, Mubarak Wakaso; Oliver Burke, Lucas Perez, Aleix Vidal.

La Liga 2019-20: Barcelona vs Alaves Predictions

  1. Alaves are winless in their last 4 games.
  2. Barcelona have lost just one of their last 18 games across all competitions.
  3. Lionel Messi leads la liga goal-scorer chart with 12 goals. He has been brilliantly supported by Luis Suarez, who has scored 9 goals, and Antoine Griezmann, who has 6 in the league so far.
  4. Lucas Perez is Alaves’ top scorer in la liga. He has scored 8 goals. He also has 2 assists to go with it.
  5. Barcelona are undefeated in their last 20 home matches in la liga.
  6. Barcelona have won 9 of their last 10 home matches against Alaves in all competitions.
  7. Barcelona have seen over 2.5 goals in their last 6 home matches against Alaves in all competitions.
  8. Barcelona have scored at least 2 goals in 9 of their last 10 home matches against Alaves in all competitions.
  9. Alaves have lost 6 of their last 7 away matches in la liga.
  10. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Alaves’ last 6 away games in la liga.
  11. Deportivo Alaves have conceded at least 2 goals in 6 of their last 7 away matches in la liga.

La Liga Match today: Barcelona vs Real Madrid

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La Liga Match Prediction: Barcelona vs Real Madrid

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December 19, 2019,

Camp Nou, Barcelona

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Real Madrid had to score an injury time goal against Valencia to keep the anticipation of this el clasico game against Barcelona at its peak. That goal meant Barcelona and Real Madrid are level on points going into their la liga clash on Wednesday night. A win for either of the team will break them free on the top.

The first el clasico of the season comes 52 days after initially scheduled and will see Barcelona play host.

Barcelona host Real Madrid following a controversial draw against Real Sociedad. The draw ended their 7-game winning run in all competition.

It would also be a battle of the top scorer in the league. Lionel Messi and Karim Benzema both have 12 goals in la liga 2019-20 and are also their team’s leading assists makers.

The corresponding fixture last season saw Suarez steal the show with a fine hat-trick in a 5-1 win for Barcelona, who ran riot despite being without Messi.

Barcelona’s performance in La Liga 2019:

While Messi leads the goal-scorer chart, he has been brilliantly supported by Luis Suarez, who has scored 9 goals, and Antoine Griezmann, who has 6 in the league so far.

Ousmane Dembele remains sidelined while Arthur continues to struggle with injury – something the club are understood to be particularly unhappy with after a couple of snowboarding sessions impacted his recovery.

Nelson Semedo is back available having returned from injury off the bench at the weekend, and his inclusion could be the only change from the draw with Sociedad if Jordi Alba is deemed ready to start two matches in quick succession following his own recent absence.

Real Madrid’s performance in La Liga 2019:

Barring Karim Benzema no player has been able to score goals on a consistent basis for Madrid. Their second highest scorer in the league this season is Sergio Ramos while Gareth Bale has 2.

Real Madrid will still be without their marquee summer signing Eden Hazard for this match, with the former Chelsea player forced to wait for his first taste of the Clasico due to a foot injury.

Hazard is one of a number of absentees for the visitors, with Marcelo, James Rodriguez, Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez also sidelined through injury for this match.

Zidane will have Ferland Mendy back available after suspension, though, with the full-back expected to replace Nacho in the side.

Casemiro will also come back into the team after being rested at the weekend, while Vinicius Junior and Gareth Bale are among the other players pushing for a start.

Barcelona vs Real Madrid Predicted line-up:

Barcelona

Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, De Jong; Messi, Suarez, Griezmann.

Real Madrid

Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Valverde; Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius.

La Liga 2019-20 Predictions: Barcelona vs Real Madrid

  1. Barcelona have scored at least 4 goals in their last 4 la liga home matches.
  2. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Barcelona’s last 7 la liga home games.
  3. Real Madrid are undefeated in their last 7la liga matches.
  4. Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 6 el Clasico meetings against Real Madrid. They have won 4, having scored 15 goals. However, they have conceded just 4.
  5. Barcelona have already lost three times in la liga 2019-20, although only one of those has come since September. They have lost just one of their last 17 games across all competitions.
  6. Real Madrid, too, have lost just one of their last 17 games in all competitions.
  7. Real Madrid boast second-best defensive record in the league behind only Atletico Madrid. Meanwhile, Barcelona have conceded 8 more than Real. However, Barca have also scored 10 more.
  8. Lionel Messi has scored 26 Clasico goals.

La Liga Match today: Valencia vs Real Madrid prediction

La Liga Match Prediction: Valencia vs Real Madrid

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December 16, 2019

Mestalla Stadium, Valencia

Real Madrid will go in search of their fifth straight La Liga victory on Sunday night when they travel to the Mestalla to face Valencia. Los Blancos are currently second in la liga– level on points with leaders Barcelona.

Meanwhile, Valencia sit eighth having picked up 26 points from their first 16 matches of the campaign. They are coming on the back of a 1-0 win over Ajax in the Champions League which helped them book their spot in the knockout round.

Valencia’s performance in La Liga 2019:

Valencia have a fairly substantial injury list heading into this weekend’s contest, with the likes of Cristiano Piccini, Goncalo Guedes, Denis Cheryshev and Geoffrey Kondogbia still on the sidelines.

Kevin Gameiro and Maxi Gomez are also out due to injury, so Rodrigo should start unchallenged up front.

Jasper Cillessen is still sidelined with a calf injury, so Jaume Domenech will feature in between the sticks.

Manu Vallejo and Ferran Torres are expected to be deployed in the wide areas by Albert Celades.

Albert Celades’s side have beaten Villarreal and Levante in their last two la liga games to move into eighth position in the table with a record of seven wins, five draws and four defeats.

They are likely to use a 4-3-3 formation.

Real Madrid’s performance in La Liga 2019:

Ferland Mende is banned for the away side, which will see Nacho start at left back.

Eden Hazard, Lucas Vazquez, James Rodriguez and Marco Asensio remain unavailable for selection, while it seems unlikely that key midfielder Casemiro will be risked as a booking for the Brazilian against Valencia would rule him out of next week’s Clasico at Camp Nou.

Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale are expected to lead the line for Real Madrid.

Luka Modric will likely help to pack the midfield owing to Zinedine Zidane having injuries to key attackers.

Real are likely to use a 4-3-1-2 formation.

Valencia vs Real Madrid: Predicted line-up​

Valencia

Jaume Domenech; Daniel Wass, Ezequiel Garay, Gabriel Paulist, Jose Gaya; Carlos Soler, Francis Coquelin, Daniel Parejo; Manu Vallejo, Rodrigo Moreno, Ferran Torres.

Real Madrid

Thibaut Courtois; Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos, Nacho; Toni Kroos, Casemiro, Federico Valverde; Luka Modric; Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema.

La Liga 2019-20 Predictions: Valencia vs Real Madrid

  1. Valencia have seen over 2.5 goals in 11 of their last 12 matches against Real Madrid in all competitions. Expect that run to continue.
  2. Real Madrid have won their last 4 matches in La Liga.
  3. Valencia are undefeated in their last 9 home matches in La Liga. However, this run might end on Sunday night.
  4. Real Madrid have scored at least 2 goals in their last 4 matches in La Liga.
  5. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Valencia’s last 3 games in La Liga.
  6. Valencia have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 home matches against Real Madrid in all competitions.
  7. Karim Benzema has scored 11 goals in la liga 2019-20 so far and is likely to add to that tally. In addition, he also has 5 assists.

La Liga Predictions: Barcelona vs Real Sociedad

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La Liga Match Prediction: Barcelona vs Real Sociedad

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December 14, 2019,

Anoeta Stadium

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Barcelona travel to face Real Sociedad in la liga on Saturday with a chance to go 3 points clear of Real Madrid on the top of the ladder. Barcelona are coming on the back of a 2-1 win over Inter Milan in the Champions League despite not fielding their best XI. They won their last la liga game against Mallorca 5-2.

Meanwhile, Sociedad also have a chance to close their gap on 3rd placed Sevilla. Sociedad have been inconsistent and have dropped points in 4 of their last 6 games.

Barcelona’s performance in La Liga 2019:

Barcelona will be fresh for the Barcelona vs Real Sociedad match this weekend after resting several first-team faces in their midweek Champions League game against Inter Milan, including Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets and Gerard Pique. 

Jordi Alba is still an injury doubt for the away side, which will see Junior Firpo continue at left-back.

Ivan Rakitic is expected to get another chance in central midfield after some recent outings.

Nelson Semedo is still recovering from injury, which should lead to Sergi Roberto retaining his place at right-back.

Ansu Fati will hope to usurp Antoine Griezmann in the team after his impact from the bench against Inter on Tuesday.

Real Sociedad’s performance in La Liga 2019:

Joseba Zaldua is back after suspension for the home side and will return at right-back for the Barcelona vs Real Sociedad match.

Robin Le Normand is sidelined due to a ban, however, with Igor Zubeldia expected to partner Diego Llorente at centre-back.

Ander Guevara should anchor the midfield for Imanol Alguacil’s men. They are likely to use a 4-3-3 formation.

Barcelona vs Real Sociedad: Predicted line-up​

Barcelona

Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Junior Firpo; Frenkie De Jong, Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic; Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi.

Sociedad

Alex Remiro; Joseba Zaldua, Diego Llorente, Igor Zubeldia, Nacho Monreal; Martin Odegaard, Ander Guevara, Mikel Merino; Portu, Mikel Oyarzabal, Willian Jose.

La Liga 2019-20 Predictions: Barcelona vs Real Sociedad

  1. Barcelona have won their last 7 matches against Real Sociedad in all competitions.
  2. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 7 of Barcelona’s last 8 games in La Liga, with Barcelona scoring at least 2 goals in 8 of their last 10 la liga matches.
  3. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Real Sociedad’s last 6 home games in La Liga.
  4. Real Sociedad have seen over 2.5 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches against Barcelona in all competitions.
  5. Barcelona have scored at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 matches against Real Sociedad in all competitions.
  6. Sociedad secured their fourth clean sheet of the season last time out, but will face a sterner test this weekend.
  7. Lionel Messi is the top scorer in la liga 2019-20 and is almost certain to add to his tally of 12 la liga goals on Saturday. He also has 5 assists and might set up Luis Suarez, who has 8 goals, or Antoine Griezmann, who has 5 goals, to increase his tally.
  8. Willian Jose has scored 7 la liga goals for Sociedad this season and might add to his tally given the defensive fragility of Barcelona, who have conceded 18 goals in la liga 2019-20.

La Liga Match today: Barcelona vs Mallorca prediction

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La Liga Match Prediction: Barcelona vs Mallorca

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December 8, 2019,

Camp Nou, Barcelona

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Barcelona vs Mallorca – League leaders Barcelona host struggling Mallorca in their la liga clash on Saturday. The game will see Lionel Messi present his 6th Ballon d’Or award to the Camp Nou crowd. Barca are top, level on points with Real Madrid despite both the teams playing 1 game less than the rest of the teams. Meanwhile, Mallorca are just 1 point clear of relegation zone.

Barcelona’s performance in La Liga 2019:

Lionel Messi will take to the field for the first time since winning his sixth Ballon d’Or crown, with the Argentine pipping Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk to the individual honour earlier this week. The trophy will also be displayed in the ground.

Sergio Busquets’s suspension is over but he misses with injury.

Jordi Alba is still out with a muscle problem.

Gerard Pique had to be substituted against Atletico after picking up a heavy blow to his knee, but the centre-back is available to take to the field this weekend.

Ivan Rakitic is likely to start as Arthur misses with injury. Arthur and Ansu Fati did specific work separate from the rest of the squad. Iñaki Peña is also included in the squad and might get a chance.

Out due to injury are Nelson Semedo, Arthur, Ousmane Dembélé, Jordi Alba and Ansu Fati. Junior Furpo is also omitted from the squad.

Carles Alena might start in the midfield.

Mallorca’s performance in La Liga 2019:

Lago Junior is still struggling with a knock, so on-loan Real Madrid midfielder Takefusa Kubo should start on the left wing. Cucho Hernandez and Iddrisu Baba are on the sidelines through injury. Josep Sene and Junior Lago could both come into the starting team.

Fran Gamez will start at left-back for Mallorca, with Lumor Agbenyenu suspended for picking up two yellow cards last time out against Betis.

Both Baba and Joan Sastre are just one yellow card away from a one-game ban.

They are likely to use a 4-3-3 formation.

Barcelona vs Mallorca: Predicted line-up

Barcelona

Marc-Andre Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Samuel Umtiti; Frenkie De Jong, Ivan Rakitic, Carles Alena; Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann.

RCD Mallorca

Manolo Reina; Joan Sastre, Fran Gamez, Martin Valjent, Antonio Raillo; Salva Sevilla, Iddrisu Baba, Aleix Fabas; Daniel Rodriguez, Ante Budimir, Takefusa Kubo.

La Liga 2019-20 Predictions: Barcelona vs Mallorca

  1. Lionel Messi has scored 9 goals and has 5 assists in the league so far. Expect him to add to these numbers.
  2. Mallorca have conceded 23 goals so far in La Liga. Meanwhile, Barca have scored 36 goals. Barcelona have scored at least 4 goals in their last 3 home matches in LaLiga. Expect Barca to score at least a couple more.
  3. Barcelona have won their last 13 home matches in La Liga while Mallorca have lost their last 6 away matches in the tournament.
  4. Barcelona have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 5 home matches in La Liga which hints at a charge from the very first whistle.
  5. Barcelona have been winning at both half time and full time in their last 5 matches against Mallorca in all competitions.
  6. There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Barcelona’s last 6 home games in La Liga while there have been over 2.5 goals scored in Mallorca’s last 5 games in the league.
  7. Barcelona have kept a clean sheet in 5 of their last 7 matches against Mallorca in all competitions. However, they have managed just one in their last 4 games in all competitions.
  8. Barcelona have scored at least 2 goals in their last 5 matches against Mallorca in all competitions while Mallorca have conceded at least 2 goals in 5 of their last 6 away matches in La Liga.
  9. Mallorca have won just one of their last six league games and remain winless on the road this season.