Real Madrid can go one step further to win the League when they travel to Athletic Bilbao for the start of 1pm on Sunday.

The Whites maintained their four-point lead over Barcelona with a 1-0 victory against Getafe on Thursday night, but left it late with Sergio Ramos scoring a penalty in the 79th minute. However, unlike in recent weeks, Real Madrid enters their next game knowing they can put pressure on Barcelona with a win, potentially extending their lead to seven points with Villareal playing later in the day.



But on the road to Real Madrid is Athletic Bilbao, who still have hopes of qualifying for the Europa League. Athletic is currently eighth in La Liga with five games remaining, four points behind Getafe and they have been in good shape since the league's comeback, winning three, drawing two and losing one of their six games.

Where to watch Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid on television:

United Kingdom: LaLigaTV
USA: beIN SPORTS


Players to watch:

Raúl García toma penalti vs Valencia

Athletic Bilbao: Raúl García has been a feature of this Bilbao team for five years, joining from Atlético de Madrid in 2015, and has been doing business quietly while improving the team from midfield. The 33-year-old has been a frequent contributor of goals, scoring 49 in 164 appearances so far, nearly double his Atletico account despite playing 50 fewer games.

But this season has been particularly special for García. By scoring both goals in Bilbao's 2-0 win over Valencia midweek, Garcia brought his season tally to 13 goals, which is his best record in a single season. It also makes him the fourth highest overall scorer in La Liga, behind only Lionel Messi, Karim Benzema and Gerard Moreno.

But Sunday represents a huge test for Garcia, who is looking for his 50th strike in Bilbao, having scored just two goals in 35 games against Los Blancos in all competitions, none of which has been in La Liga.

Real Madrid: Generally, when you're looking at a defender, you're thinking about how they can prevent the opposition from scoring, but Sergio Ramos is not your common defender. Like Garcia, Ramos is enjoying his best goal campaign in La Liga, scoring his ninth goal of the season in the win over Getafe, just as Real Madrid appeared to be on the way to a draw. When Dani Carvajal was knocked down in the area by Mathias Olivera with just over 10 minutes to go, there was only going to be one player to take the penalty. Ramos went up to score his fifth penalty of the season. Only Santi Cazorla (6) and Raúl García (7) have scored more and keeps Real Madrid in the driver's seat for the title.

But it is not just Ramos' goals that are helping Real Madrid on its way. The Spaniard remains rock solid to the rear and a vocal leader, eager to keep another clean sheet on the way to a potential title.

Scoreboard prediction: Athletic Bilbao 0-2 Real Madrid

La Liga 2019/20 recent form:

Athletic de Bilbao: D W L WW
Real Madrid: WWWWW

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