Fans of Spanish La Liga football can watch live online as Real Madrid visits Athletic Bilbao to see the defending Primera Division champions look to solidify their grip on the top spot in Spain — and solidify their claim as the best club team in the world.
Options to access streaming video of the Saturday match live from San Mamés Stadium in Spain’s Basque Country can be found below.
But even though Real Madrid, led by the world’s top goal scoring force Cristiano Ronaldo, can stretch its lead atop the La Liga table to a comfortable five points by defeating Athletic Bilbao on the road — second-place Barcelona remains idle until Sunday — Spanish football experts see at least the chance for a 10th-place Bilbao to upend Los Blancos, scoring what would have to be considered the biggest upset of the La Liga season.
Real Madrid were stymied last weekend, escaping a match against sixth-ranked Villareal with a 1-1 draw. Meanwhile, the Basque side have won five of their last six La Liga matches, and dominated Espanyol in the semi-final of Spain’s domestic cup competition, securing their spot in the Copa Del Rey final, where they will meet Spain’s other dominant club, Barcelona.
Nonetheless, Real Madrid have Spain’s best road record this season, with 10 wins in 13 outings — and 39 goals on the road.
Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, as well as possibly Luka Modric, who is returning from injury, will come up against a Bilbao defense that has plowed through its last five La Liga matches while conceding only two goals.
Back on October 5, these two sides met at the Bernabeu, with Madrid coasting to a dominant 5-0 thrashing of their visitors from Basque Country. Ronaldo’s hat trick accounted for three of the Real Madrid goals in that one-sided affair.
But that was well before Real Madrid revealed their vulnerability on February 7, suffering a crushing 4-0 defeat at the hands of crosstown rival Atletico Madrid. While Real Madrid have won three of their subsequent four league matches, they have never quite regained their form, Spanish football observers believe.
“Winning against Athletic in San Mamés is always difficult,” Real Madrid’s Italian Manager Carlo Ancelotti said on Thursday. “Maybe we are not at 100 percent but I have belief in these players.”
There are options to catch the Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao game streaming live online Saturday morning, March 7, at noon United States Eastern Time.
If your cable subscription includes beIN Sports, you can access Saturday’s match at no extra charge via this link. If not, beIN Sports comes as part of the DishWorld online sports package for a subscription fee as low as $9 per month.
Click this link to choose the paid option.
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