Real Madrid and Athletic Club starting teams

Zidane has chosen his starting side for the LaLiga match against Athletic at the Bernabéu- Isco and Kovacic start, along with Bale, Benzema and Cristiano.

Real Madrid and Athletic Club starting teams

No experiments for Real Madrid against Athletic Club

Zinedine Zidane's starting side for tonight's LaLiga game against Athletic Club at the Bernabéu is out (20:45 CEST). Recognising the importance of this game against historic rivals Zidane isn't experimenting as he did against Legia Warsaw, where Danilo, James, Asensio and the BBC won the game, but struggled at the back and didn't dominate the game, despite the scoreline. 

Zidane instead goes with the side that thrashed Betis 6-1, with Isco and Kovacic alongside Toni Kroos, as Real Madrid look to boss the midfield. Carvajal is back on the right and Zidane keeps the BBC. 

Real Madrid celebrate against Betis

Real Madrid starting XI

Keylor; Carvajal, Pepe, Varane, Marcelo; Isco, Kroos, Kovacic; Bale, Benzema and Cristiano.

Athletic Club starting XI

For Athletic the big surprise is Muniain taking a rest.

Iraizoz; Lekue, Etxeita, Laporte, Saborit; Mikel RIco, San José; Williams, Raúl García, Sabin Merino; and Eraso.

On the bench: Herrerín, Elustondo, Beñat, Iturraspe, Muniain, Vesga and Susaeta.

Referee: Real Madrid - Athletic Club

The whistler tonight is Galician referee Iglesias Villanueva.