Athletic Bilbao vs. Real Madrid: Preview and TV schedule

Denis Doyle

Real Madrid are unbeaten in the new year and unsecured upon in their last eight matches, but Sunday they'll face a stiff challenge as they travel to face Athletic Bilbao.

Real Madrid have been on an absolute roll of late but their two big streak face a tough test on Sunday as they travel to face Athletic Bilbao at the San Mamés.

Madrid have yet to lose in 2014, using that run to pull within a point of the league leaders and revitalizing their season. In fact, in their last 19 games in all competitions, Los Blancos have not lost, suffering only a handful of draws along the way. Perhaps even more impressive is their run of eight straight clean sheets.

Athletic have lose two of their last three games in all competitions, with the two losses coming at the hands of Atlético Madrid in the Copa del Rey. The most recent loss occurred at home, the first time Athletic had lost at the new San Mamés. Ernesto Valverde's side will be looking to bounce back and start a new win streak, while handing Real Madrid a loss that could dent their title hopes.

Atheltic Bilbao injuries and suspensions

Out: Unai Albizua (thigh). In doubt: Gaizka Toquero (knock).

Real Madrid injuries and suspensions

Out: Sami Khedira (knee), In Doubt: Gareth Bale (leg), Raphaël Varane (knee).

Bale missed Madrid's Copa del Rey match with a leg injure and his status for Sunday remains in doubt. If Bale can't go, Jesé will likely start in his place.

Projected lineups

Athletic Bilbao: Iago Herrerín, Andoni Iraola, Mikel San José, Aymeric Laporte, Mikel Balenziaga, Ander Iturraspe, Mike Rico, Markel Susaeta, Ibai Gómez, Iker Muniain, Aritz Aduriz

Real Madrid: David López, Dani Carvajal, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo, Xabi Alonso, Luka Modrić, Ángel Di Maria; Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema

Match Date/Time: 9 p.m. local, 3 p.m. ET

Venue: San Mamés, Bilbao, Spain

TV: beIN Sports en Español (U.S.), Sky Sports 2 (U.K.)

Online: beIN Sports Play (U.S.), beIN Sports Play (Canada)

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