Date and Time: 4th February 2022 @2:00 AM IST
Venue: San Mamés Barria
Athletic Club vs Real Madrid where to watch?
India: No Live Telecast
Athletic Club vs Real Madrid Team News:
Athletic, who have not been harmed by international call-ups as a result of their Basque policy, should approach the quarter-final with a clean bill of health, but Unai Vencedor’s hamstring injury will most certainly keep him out of the match against Real Madrid. Yeray Alvarez, Oihan Sancet, and Oscar de Marcos should all be able to participate, while Iker Muniain, who has recovered from a bout with coronavirus, will also be expected to contribute in some way. It remains to be seen if the captain will be able to start, but if he is not, 19-year-old Nico Williams will undoubtedly seek a starting position to once again join his brother Inaki Williams.
Real Madrid will be without Marcelo, who is serving a long Copa del Rey ban, and Ferland Mendy, who is suffering from an adductor injury, for this match, leaving Carlo Ancelotti low on options at the left-back position. Casemiro and Vinicius Junior are not anticipated to play for Brazil against Paraguay, because they have already qualified for the World Cup in 2022.
However, they may not be in peak physical condition to start, while Rodrygo and Federico Valverde are also still on international duty. Ancelotti may have to depend on Luka Jovic as his focal point in this match since Benzema is in a race against time to be healthy – the same can be said for Marco Asensio and Mariano Diaz.
Athletic Club vs Real Madrid Probable Playing XI:
Athletic Bilbao possible starting lineup:
Simon; De Marcos, Alvarez, Martinez, Balenziaga; Berenguer, D. Garcia, Zarraga, Muniain; I. Williams, R. Garcia
Real Madrid possible starting lineup:
Lunin; Carvajal, Militao, Nacho, Alaba; Modric, Camavinga, Kroos; Bale, Jovic, Hazard
Athletic Club vs Real Madrid Betting Predictions:
Match Betting: Athletic Club win (3.00)
Real Madrid win (2.40)
The One-Liner Explainer:
At San Mames, a slew of Real Madrid absentees combined with an Athletic Bilbao team that is beginning to find its feet and hungry for vengeance should make for a very intriguing matchup, one in which Ancelotti’s side may not go into it as favourites. The outcome of this quarter-final may very well depend on how many players Ancelotti can recuperate in time for Thursday’s game, but we can expect Real Madrid’s quarter-final curse to continue as Athletic maintain their ambitions of reaching the Copa Del Rey final for a third consecutive season.