It would be the second straight club start for the summer signing, who also got the nod over Keylor Navas in Madrid’s previous fixture against Leganes.
Navas had started in the UEFA Super Cup clash against Atletico Madrid, as well as Madrid’s first two La Liga fixtures, before manager Julen Lopetegui turned to Courtois, who arrived from Chelsea on a €35million .
Both players have looked sharp in goal, and there could be a lengthy battle as both look to establish themselves as the first-choice man between the goalposts.
After the game against Bilbao, Madrid will face Roma in the Champions League in midweek, a fixture that could be a greater indicator of which goalkeeper is the preferred option for Lopetegui.
The Brazilian will pay just over €750,000 as a fine, while also accepting a four-month suspended prison sentence, after being accused of evading a €1million tax payment over a disputed image rights transfer. However, he will not actually serve any of that sentence, as Spanish law allows for a sentence of less than two years to be served under probation.
Marcelo’s case comes after Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Javier Mascherano, and Angel di Maria have all been pulled up by Spanish prosecutors over alleged tax evasion, with Ronaldo agreeing a settlement after moving to Juventus this summer.
Hola Madridistas. Welcome to Tuesday’s Real Madrid blog.
Alex Broun and the rest of the Sport360 team will be here throughout the day, bringing you the latest Los Blancos news, views and gossip.
10.55am: Sergio Ramos backs team-mate Luka Modric and aims sly dig at Cristiano Ronaldo
The midfield maestro was in sparkling form for both club and country last season, inspiring Croatia’s remarkable run to the World Cup final and playing a key role in Madrid’s historic third consecutive Champions League triumph.
However, his UEFA Player of the Year victory was called into question by those in the Ronaldo camp with his agent Jorge Mendes slamming the “ridiculous and shameful” decision to award Modric over the Portuguese superstar.
8.59am: Gareth Bale is thriving with added responsibility for club and country
Sunday was a day of unfamiliar experiences for Gareth Bale. Firstly, he suffered his first loss of the season. Secondly, it came while wearing the armband.
No shame in losing to Denmark, a side that World Cup finalists Croatia need penalties to beat this summer. Christian Eriksen won the duel of team talismans, scoring twice on a day where Bale seemed to be trying a little too hard to make his mark.
It’s understandable. The chance to captain your country doesn’t come around every day, and Wales manager Ryan Giggs giving that opportunity to Bale was a sign of how far the Real Madrid star has come in such a short time since the summer, when his club future was in doubt even after he’d scored a wonderful bicycle kick in the Champions League final.