Carlo Ancelotti has set his team up in a 4-3-3 shape with Thibaut Courtois starting in goal behind a back four of Lucas Vazquez, Nacho, Eder Militao and David Alaba.
Casemiro will anchor the midfield with Toni Kroos and Luka Modric either side of him. Marco Asensio will lead the line as a false nine, flanked by Rodrygo Goes and Vinicius Junior.
Madrid will want a repeat of the Supercopa de Espana final they played in Saudi Arabia against Athletic last month. They beat their Basque opponents at a canter, winning the game 2-0.
Madrid are leading La Liga, four points behind second-placed Sevilla as things stand. Athletic are ninth, trying to gather steam to break into the European places.
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