Real Madrid fans might be more focused on the transfer market than soccer matches this week, with the rumored, long-anticipated arrival of Belgian star Eden Hazard dominating headlines. But Los Blancos still have La Liga matches to play, a Champions League berth to officially secure, and even if they can’t catch Barcelona for the title, they can still elbow past crosstown rivals Atletico Madrid for second place. They aim to get one step closer to their modified goals this weekend, as they host an Athletic Bilbao team currently 7th in La Liga. Here’s what you need to watch Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao online for free.
Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao
- When: 10:15am ET, Sunday, April 21
- Where: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid, Spain
- Streaming: BeIN Sports
Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao live stream: Watch La Liga matches for free
Each of the following services carries BeIN Sports, providing a one-week trial and therefore an easy way to watch Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao for free.
1) Sling TV
- Sling TV pricing: $25-$40 per month (40% off first month)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, Microsoft Edge, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Sling TV provides two base channel package options, each priced at $25 per month. Sling Orange includes three ESPN channels, while Sling Blue includes sports channels like NFL Network, FS1 and FS2, NBCSN, and local channels. If you’re Team “Why Not Both,” Sling Orange + Blue combines the two for just $40 per month. To add beIN SPORTS and maximize your soccer-watching potential, you’ll want to add either Sports Extra: Sling Orange ($5 per month) or Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month). (The latter also includes NFL RedZone.)
Spanish-speaking viewers have quite a few options. For bilingual families, you might consider the Español: Best of Spanish TV package for either Sling Orange or Sling Blue for 24/7 specialty channel LaLiga TV and beIN SPORTS Connect: Channels 4-9, which features matches from LaLiga, Ligue 1, Copa del Rey, among others. Both packages cost $5 per month after your free trial. Sling TV Latino is another Spanish-language package for $10 per month, including NBC Universo, History en Español, and—of import to soccer fans—four beIN SPORTS channels. (And choosing Sling TV Latino + Sling Orange for $30 per month gives you access to ESPN Deportes.) For more information, check out our guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.
- Cost: $44.99 for the first month, $54.99 per month thereafter (after a 7-day free trial)
- FuboTV devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire Stick and Fire TV, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
- FuboTV local channels: Fox, NBC, CBS (check local availability here)
FuboTV is a solid TV streaming service option, whether your tastes run to entertainment (AMC, Syfy, FX), news (MSNBC, CNN), or sports (NBA TV, NFL Network). If you’re a soccer fan, however, it will appear tailor-made for you, with 10 beIN SPORTS channels, NBCSN, FS1, FS2, and UniMás all on tap. If you can’t watch a match live, FuboTV offers a three-day replay for each match and 30 hours of cloud DVR. (Check out the complete FuboTV channels list.)
FuboTV also has bilingual families in mind; each subscription comes with UniMás, Galavisión, NBC Universo, beIN SPORTS, Univision, and Fox Deportes. An extra $7.99 per month will bring you Latino Plus, which includes CNN en Español and TyC Sports among its offerings.
Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao: Why It Matters
While it looks like Barcelona’s gotten the best of Real Madrid this season in their ongoing rivalry, there’s still more than pride to play for. And it’s not for lack of talent that Los Blancos has fallen short of its aspirations this year. Even with the team-changing depature of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus, Real Madrid still boasts a squad of Galacticos that includes the reigning Best FIFA Men’s Player in Luka Modric. And, as a bonus, Karim Benzema’s had a bounce-back season after a disappointing 2017-2018. (But expect Real Madrid to mash the “Upgrade” button with multiple summer signings all the same.)
Athletic Bilbao, with its longstanding policy of signing only Basque players, is still just one of three teams that hasn’t been relegated from the top flight since its founding in 1929. That looked to be in danger earlier this season, but Los Leones found new life with two December moves: the promotion of B-team manager Gaizka Garitano to Athletic’s helm, and striker Aritz Aduriz’s audacious one-step penalty kick to secure a key point in a match against Real Valladolid (and go a little viral in the process).
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