Athletic Club vs Real Madrid 2023/24: Team news, predicted line-ups & kick off time

Real Madrid kick-off the new season on Saturday as they travel to Bilbao to face Athletic Club at the San Mamés.

The new season holds the promise of a fresh start, and Los Blancos are determined to recapture the LaLiga title after a disappointing season in which Barcelona held the upper hand.

With Karim Benzema no longer at the club and Thibaut Courtois suffering a season-ending injury, a lot of responsibility will fall on the shoulders of players like Bellingham, Vinicius and the other youngsters in the squad.

Here’s everything you need to know about the clash.

Team news

Carlo Ancelotti will be without the services of Thibaut Courtois, Arda Güler, Ferland Mendy and Dani Ceballos who are all suffering from injury.

As for Athletic Club, head coach Valverde has no injury concerns heading into this game and will have a full squad available.

Predicted line-ups

Real Madrid (4-3-1-2):


Carvajal — Militão — Alaba — F. Garcia

Camavinga — Tchouaméni — Kroos


Rodrygo — Vinícius

Athletic Club (4-2-3-1):


De Marcos — Alvarez —  Vivian — Lekue

Ruiz de Galarreta — Vesga

N. Williams — Sancet — Muniain

I. Williams

Head-to-head results (Last Five Games)

Athletic Club: 1 Win
Draws: 1
Real Madrid: 3 Wins

Last meeting: Real Madrid 1-1 Athletic Club.

Kick-off time

Athletic Club host Real Madrid in the Spanish top flight on Saturday (12 August) at 21:30 CET.

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