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Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao: Live stream, start time, TV channel, how to watch Spanish Super Cup 2021

How to watch Thursday's match.

Real Madrid takes on Athletic Bilbao Thursday in a 2021 Spanish Supercopa matchup to see who till take on FC Barcelona in the finals. Madrid heads into the match as the defending champs (of the Super Cup as well as La Liga) while trying to work its way back into the Spanish League standings. Karim Benzema and Luka Modric remains forces to watch on offense while Sergio Ramos holds things down on defense. On the other side, Athletic Bilbao has struggled in La Liga play (currently sitting in 12th place at 6-3-9). However, the club has a chance to make a splash and make a bid for a major trophy in the Super Coppa. Iñaki Williams and Iker Muniain have led the way this season on offense.

Wednesday’s match is available to watch on TV via ESPN Deportes, a Spanish-speaking network. You can also watch the match online for free via fuboTV and Sling, which both offer free trials.

Real Madrid vs. Athletic Bilbao (Spanish Supercopa 2021)

Start time: 3:00 p.m. EST

TV channel: ESPN Deportes | (Channel finder: Verizon Fios, AT&T U-verse, Comcast Xfinity, Spectrum/Charter, Optimum/Altice, DIRECTV, Dish, Hulu, fuboTV, Sling.)

Live stream: WatchESPN | Sling | fuboTV - The Spanish broadcast is available via WatchESPN if you have a cable subscription. If you don’t have cable, you can catch the match via fuboTV, which has a free seven-day trial or Sling.

More coverage via the Associated Press

A look at what’s happening around European soccer on Thursday:

SPAIN

Real Madrid faces Athletic Bilbao for a spot in the final of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona. Madrid is the defending champion in the tournament that this year is being played in southern Spain instead of Saudi Arabia because of the coronavirus pandemic. Bilbao is seeking its second Super Cup title after winning it for the first time in 2015. Real Madrid won the competition 11 times. Barcelona made it to the final by defeating Real Sociedad in a penalty shootout on Wednesday.

Super Cup

ENGLAND

Arsenal looks to continue its resurgence in the Premier League by picking up a fourth straight win in a home match against Crystal Palace. Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta was under severe pressure before Christmas but wins over the festive period against Chelsea, Brighton and West Brom have moved his team back into midtable and in sight of the European positions. Palace is a point behind Arsenal and its form has been up and down, with two wins, two losses and three draws over its last seven games.

ITALY

Sassuolo hosts Spezia in the Italian Cup with the winner facing Juventus in the quarterfinal. Sassuolo has faded somewhat after a surprisingly good start to the Serie A season bi is nevertheless seventh. Spezia is playing its first ever season in the Italian top flight. In-form Atalanta hosts struggling Cagliari, with the winner set to face either Lazio or Parma. Atalanta has scored 12 goals in its past three matches.

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