Athletic Bilbao v Real Madrid : Mourinho looking at La Liga title at San Mamés
Real Madrid will be hoping to tie up the La Liga title this week when they travel to face Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday evening, as Mourinho’s side look to claim all three points in their charge towards another La Liga title.
Going into this fixture, Madrid – who secured a fantastic victory at the Nou Camp earlier this month – are seven points clear of Barcelona with three games remaining, meaning that victory in Bilbao will hand them the title.
This is fantastic motivation to get the three points of course as Jose Mourinho’s men look to put the disappointment of being knocked out of the Champions League behind them.
Nobody can doubt their form in the league though. Madrid have not lost in La Liga since a 3-1 reverse at home to Barcelona back in December. You can certainly see why they are Champions, with the professional victory at home to Sevilla last time out emphasising this point further.
All in all, Wednesday could be a very positive evening for Madrid. They have been in Barcelona’s shadow for a couple of years now and this is where they will hoping to take back their place at he summit of Spanish football.
As for Bilbao, they will be more than happy to spoil the Madrid party as they look to continue their push for a Europa League place. At the moment they sit a point behind 6th position, so it is all to play for in the remaining three games.
With reference to their recent form, Bilbao have been rather inconsistent of late with two defeats and three victories in their last five games across all competitions. They have only lost one of their last five La Liga games though, a 2-0 reverse at Real Zaragoza last time out.
It seems fair to say that league matters are not all that is on their mind at the moment though as they have the Europa League and Copa del Rey final to come. It is a massive few weeks for Bilbao and victory on Wednesday would be a massive confidence boost for them.
Overall though, Madrid – who defeated Bilbao 4-1 earlier in the season – are expected to get the points and therefore win the league on Wednesday evening. It gets underway at 9pm.