Athletic Bilbao Vs. Real Madrid, 2012 La Liga Week 36: Los Blancos Can Wrap Up Title

Mesut Ozil of Real Madrid CF looks on during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Sevilla FC at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)

Real Madrid look to wrap-up La Liga with a victory over a motivated Bilbao.

Real Madrid have one thing on their mind against Athletic Bilao on Wednesday, win the match and you win the title. It's that simple for Los Blancos who will clinch the La Liga title with a victory. It will not be easy for Madrid though as Marcelo Bielsa will be sending out his strongest side against the inevitable league champions.

Bilbao are point out of a European spot and still have the Europa League and Copa del Rey final to prepare for, so keeping his side sharp is key for Biela. Expect Javi Martinez, Iker Muniain, Markel Susaeta and Fernando Llorente too all return to the starting XI. Midfielders Ander Iturraspe and Ander Herrera are suspended, but fullback Jon Aurtenetxe is back after a one-match ban.

Real Madrid have no reported injuries so Mourinho will have plenty of options. Only Angel Di Maria is unavailable as he will serve a suspension for yellow card accumulation. Realistically Madrid should need no motivation considering a trophy is on the line, but any loss of focus will be an opening for Bilbao to potentially delay Madrid's celebrations.

Game Date/Time: Wednesday, May 2, 4 p.m. ET, 10 p.m. local

Venue: San Mames, Bilbao, Spain

TV: GolTV (U.S. and Canada), Sky Sports 2 (U.K.)

For more on Los Blancos, head over to Real Madrid blog Managing Madrid.

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