Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview
The football fans are in for a real treat as Barcelona will host Athletic Bilbao at the Camp Nou. Judging by the previous hand to hand duels between these teams and their current form, we are expected to see a lot of goals and chances.
Barcelona are placed first at the table and are by far the best team in the league. To this day, they still remain the only unbeaten team from the five biggest European leagues. So far in the season, they have won twenty-two games and drawn six. They also hold the best goal difference in the league, a positive +59. In the last round, they faced Malaga and came out victorious by the score of 0-2. The best player of the team was excluded from the match as he was expecting his third son. Suarez and Coutinho stepped in to do Messi’s job and managed to score a goal each and set the final result of this outing.
Athletic Bilbao hold the number twelve spot at the table with thirty-five points from eight wins, eleven draws, and nine losses. They have a negative goal difference of -2 and in the last round, they managed to beat Leganes by the score of 2-0. It was Garcia of Bilbao who scored two and secured all three points for his side.
The two teams have a long mutual history and in the recent past, the Catalan team have been dominant. Out of the previous five matches that they’ve played, Barca have won four and Bilbao have won one. It is worth noting that Barcelona have won the three most recent meetings. At the Camp Nou, things look even better as Barca are on a four-game winning streak. The last time that Athletic Bilbao won a game there was in 2001.
Barcelona have several missing players for the match against Athletic Club. Sergi Samper, Nélson Semedo, Denis Suárez and Sergio Busquets are injured and they can't play on this match. Luis Suárez is suspended and he is another one player who can't play on this match. All other players are ready to play and they will play offensive from the first minute.
On the other side Athletic Bilbao don't have many missing players for the match against Barca. Iker Muniain is injured and he can't play here. Mikel Balenziaga, Mikel Rico and Yeray Álvarez are not fully fit and they are doubtful for the match. All other players are available to play and they will play aggressive football from the first minute.
Possible starting lineups
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Alba, Umtiti, Pique, Roberto; Coutinho, Rakitic, Iniesta, Dembele; Alcacer, Messi
Athletic Bilbao: Arrizabalaga; Marcos, Nunez, Martinez, Balenziaga; Jose, Etxebarria; Williams, Garcia, Susaeta; Aduriz
Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction
This game is going to be an interesting one with lots of excitements and thrills. Both teams like to play aggressive football and it will be a true football battle at Nou Camp. Of course, Barcelona are absolute favorites to win all three points, but for that they have to score at least one goal more. Barca have won 23 of their last 25 home matches. They are undefeated in 33 of their last 36 matches against Athletic Bilbao in all competitions. On the other side Athletic will try to play aggressive in defending and to score after counterattacks. They have lost last three away games and have failed to score in these three games.
However our prediction and betting tips for the match Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction: Barca to win. We expect from Barca to score at least two goals here, but also expect from Bilbao to score exactly one. Our second betting pick for the match is Barca to win and Both to score. Maybe correct score will be 3-1. Have a nice betting day and good luck in earning money with our football prediction and betting tips.