Athletic Bilbao (ATH) and Real Madrid (RM) clash in the quarter-finals of Copa del Rey 2021-22 at San Mames on Friday, February 4. The game will begin at 2 AM IST.

ATH vs RM Dream11 prediction

Real Madrid will look to return to winning ways when they visit Athletic Bilbao on Friday. Los Blancos’ 2-2 draw with Elche in the La Liga ended a run of five straight victories in all competitions but based on their displays this term, we predict RM to be the outright winner of this contest. 

Bilbao, on the flip side, will hope to put on a promising fight against Real Madrid with hopes of pulling off a victory as they did against FC Barcelona. 

ATH vs RM Dream11 team tips for Copa del Rey 2021-22 quarter-final

Top tip: Best forward

Karim Benzema is a no-brainer pick as the top forward. The French striker has registered 24 goals and nine assists across all competitions, and has found the net four times in his earlier meetings against ATH this term. Given the form he is enjoying, Benzema seems poised to score yet again.

Top tip: Best midfielder

Oihan Sancet will hope to inspire Athletic Bilbao’s attack prowess from the midfield engine room. The 21-year-old Spanish attacking midfielder has made seven goal contributions - four goals and three assists - across all competitions and will fancy a healthy tug-of-war for possession against the likes of Madrid stalwarts Toni Kroos and Luka Modric.

Top tip: Best defender and goalkeeper

David Alaba has been a vital cog for Real Madrid this season and he will hope to deny the likes of Inaki Williams and Iker Muniain from scoring goals. The Austrian full-back can also lend a hand in the attack, linking up with the likes of Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard.

Amongst goalkeepers, Thibaut Courtois is a worthy choice. The Madrid custodian has kept 12 clean sheets across all competitions this season as opposed to his opposite number Unai Simon, who has eight clean sheets.

ATH vs RM probable XI

ATH probable XI: Unai Simon (goalkeeper); Mikel Balenziaga, Inigo Martinez, Yeray Alvarez, Oscar De Marcos; Oier Zarraga, Dani Garcia, Iker Muniain (captain), Oihan Sancet; Raul Garcia, Inaki Williams

RM probable XI: Thibaut Courtois (goalkeeper); Nacho, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Lucas Vazquez; Casemiro, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric; Marco Asensio, Vinicius Junior, Karim Benzema (captain)

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Featured photo: AFP / FAYEZ NURELDINE