Madrid, Nov 30, : Real Madrid has the chance to take seven points off the top of La Liga with their Wednesday night match against Athletic Club Bilbao.The ninth round of games was supposed to have been played on October 12.La Liga decided to postpone the game in order not to ‘adulterate’ the competition.Real Madrid players had returned from South American qualifying matches for World Cup.
Athletic Club strongly protested at the time, as it meant they went three consecutive weeks without a competitive match at one of their busiest times of season.However, playing the game in midweek favours Real Madrid who have a stronger team and are more able rotate their starting eleven without it affecting them performance, reports Xinhua.
The Basque side will travel to Madrid on Wednesday, without Inigo Martinez, their best defender.He was sent off on Friday night in the 2-2 draw at home.
This means that he misses a game he would be available for in October.
Marcelino Garcia Toral’s side has had a dip in form since the international break.
They have not won in their last five games and have conceded only 10 goals this season.
Real Madrid had 48 hours to prepare for the match and coach Carlo Ancelotti may reconsider a midfield that has seen him use Casemiro and Luka Modric for their last two games.
Fede Valverde is still out so Eduardo Camavinga could start in midfield.Lucas Vazquez could also be included.
Ancelotti seems to be certain to keep KarimBenzema Jr and Vinicius Jr in the side, after their goals gave their side three points again on Saturday.
Gareth Bale remains out with a calf injury.Eden Hazard and Rodrygo have stomach bugs.
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