Real Madrid could seal the La Liga title if they manage to beat Athletic Bilbao at the Bernabeu on Sunday night.
Real Madrid have been quite inconsistent since the season’s winter break, even though they lead La Liga by 10 points, ahead of the Champions League semi finalists Barcelona. Madrid is three wins and a draw, in terms of points, ahead of current second placed side Villarreal and could capitalise on their lead to put the title beyond the reach of both them and Barcelona with a victory against Athletic Bilbao this weekend.
Madrid’s recent 2-0 win against Racing Santander could be the much needed booster for Bernd Schuster’s side to increase their lead to what could be an unbeatable 13 points. If Barcelona and Villarreal fail to win on Saturday, Real Madrid could be crowned as the league champions providing they beat Bilbao. Schuster’s recent record is a positive one, having won the last two games they played.
The last time the pair met, it was a 4-1 win for Madrid. Atletico Bilbao has been recovering from its miserable start to the season, having spent much of their campaign hovering above the relegation zone. Their recent record has been a good one, having won three games out of four and draw. Their last game was a great one, as they registered a 5-1 win over struggling Valencia. Bilbao is well on the move to climb up the league and Madrid could be in for a surprise if ever they show their regular tendencies of being complacent against weaker teams.
Bilbao now occupy eighth spot, having levelled their points with Espanyol and with the on form Deportivo La Coruna. The Sunday fixture against Madrid is a chance for them to reclaim respect for their remarkable recovery from the bottom of the league and significant movement up the ranks in preparation for next season’s campaign.
This could be the weekend Real Madrid wrestle the La Liga title away from Barcelona and are hot favourites to record the home victory the need. Bernd Schuster’s side have won 14 out of 16 played at home this season, smashing in 41 goals in the process. Bilbao have improved considerably as the season has progressed but they are poor travellers, losing eight out of 16 on the road and scoring less than a goal per game in the process. Madrid can sometimes be guilty of not performing against arguably weaker opposition, but with nothing else to focus on this season, they should record a comfortably victory and possibly win the league on Sunday.