Real Madrid vs Athletic Club: TV channel, live stream, team news & preview

Vinicius Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao
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Sunday sees the Spanish Super Cup final take place and Real Madrid are favourites to claim their first piece of silverware of the season
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Defending champions Athletic Club face La Liga leaders Real Madrid in the final of the Spanish Super Cup on Sunday evening in Saudi Arabia.

These two sides met in La Liga twice last month with Real Madrid winning both clashes by narrow one-goal margins and Carlo Ancelotti's men will be wary of the Basque side who have caused them plenty of problems recently.

Ahead of the game, GOAL brings you everything you need to know, including how to watch, team news, odds and more.

Game

Real Madrid vs Athletic Club

Date

16/01/22

Kick-off time

6.30pm GMT

Real Madrid vs Athletic Club TV channel, live stream & how to watch

BT Sport is showing Real Madrid vs Athletic Club live on TV in the United Kingdom (UK) and the game can also be streamed live online using the BT Sport app.

UK TV channel

UK online stream

BT Sport

BT Sport app

Real Madrid team news & squad

Position

Players

Goalkeepers

Courtois, Lunin

Defenders

Militao, Alaba, Mendy, Vazquez, Nacho, Marcelo, Vallejo

Midfielders

Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Valverde, Camavinga, Isco

Forwards

Benzema, Rodrygo, Vinicius, Asensio, Hazard

Dani Carvajal has tested positive for Covid-19 and is unavailable for the game. David Alaba missed the semi-final win over Barcelona but should be able to return for Sunday's clash.

Predicted Real Madrid starting XI: Courtois, Vazquez, Militao, Alaba, Mendy, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Asensio, Benzema, Vinicius

Athletic Club team news & squad

Position

Players

Goalkeeper

Unai Simon, Agirrezabala

Defenders

Martinez, Yeray, Lekue, Balenziaga, De Marcos, Yuri, Vivian

Midfielders

Vesga, D. Garcia, Muniain, Zarraga, Berenguer

Forwards

I. Williams, N. Williams, R. Garcia, Sancet, Serrano

Athletic are without midfielder Unai Vencedor who picked up an injury in their last league game and has not travelled to Saudi Arabia.

Predicted Athletic Club starting XI: Unai Simon, Lekue, Martinez, Yeray, Balenziaga, D. Garcia, Zarraga, Muniain, N. Williams, I. Williams, Sancet

Betting odds & tips

Real Madrid are favourites to beat Athletic Club at 8/11 with bet365. At 7/2 to win, Athletic are considered clear underdogs.

Karim Benzema is 3/1 to be first goalscorer, while Inaki WIlliams can be backed at 7/1.

Seven of the last 11 meetings between these sides have seen under 2.5 goals and a repeat can be backed at evens.

Recent results & form

Real Madrid last five results

Athletic Club last five results

Barcelona 2-3 Real Madrid (12/01/22)

Atletico Madrid 1-2 Athletic Club (13/01/22)

Real Madrid 4-1 Valencia (08/01/22)

Alaves 0-0 Athletic Club (09/01/22)

Alcoyano 1-3 Real Madrid (05/01/22)

Mancha Real 0-2 Athletic Club (06/01/22)

Getafe 1-0 Real Madrid (02/01/22)

Osasuna 1-3 Athletic Club (03/01/22)

Athletic 1-2 Real Madrid (22/12/21)

Athletic 1-2 Real Madrid (22/12/21)

Real Madrid won both of the league meetings between these sides in December, triumphing 1-0 at the Bernabeu before winning 1-0 in Bilbao.

On both occasions, however, Athletic spurned a number of excellent opportunities to find the back of the net and the side from the Basque Country are likely to prove difficult opponents once more.

Marcelino Garcia's team beat Real Madrid on their way to claiming the Spanish Super Cup last year, and while Carlo Ancelotti's men are understandably favourites, Sunday's game looks set to be highly competitive.

Odds correct at the time of writing. 18+. Please gamble responsibly.

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