Anyone who has seen Athletic play in the early stages of the new season will know that the San Mames club have been capable of both the sublime and the ridiculous. Bilbao turned heads as they cut European champions Barcelona to ribbons in a 4-0 victory over Luis Enrique's side in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup, but they then succumbed last weekend to a poor 3-1 defeat at the hands of Villarreal. After four La Liga fixtures, Valverde's charges have claimed just a solitary three points in a win over Getafe, while losing their other three league fixtures to Barcelona, Eibar and Villarreal. Los Blancos come into Wednesday's encounter off the back of an unbeaten start to the new campaign, with Rafael Benitez's men winning three and drawing one in La Liga. Madrid's defence have been particularly impressive so far and are yet to concede at all in the Spanish top flight, while in attack Real have bagged a standout 12 goals in four matches. The two men at the forefront of Madrid's attacking success have been Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, who have each notched eight and four goals respectively in all competitions already this season. In the league, Real come into this clash off the back of a rather laboured 1-0 victory over Getafe, having beaten Espanyol 6-0 away from home in the fixture beforehand.
* - Odds correct at time of publication, and are subject to change.
- PickReal Madrid
- Odds-154 Bet365
- Match result1-2 (+5.20)