Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 10/02/19
Rajan Hothi (@RajanHothi_) previews Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona and provides us with his best bets for Sunday’s La Liga clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
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Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 10/02/19
- Time: 19:45
- Venue: San Mames
- Channel: Eleven Sports 1
Athletic Bilbao will be looking to return to winning ways with a win against league-leaders Barcelona.
Last time out Bilbao suffered a 2-1 loss away at rivals Real Sociedad which saw them suffer their sixth defeat of the season.
Gaizka Garitano will be hoping his side can pull off the upset of the weekend by beating a Barcelona side which sits six points clear at the top of La Liga.
The visitors have only suffered two defeats from their 22 La Liga games this season and they boast the best away record in the league.
Ernesto Valverde and co will be keen to end their run of two draws in a row – after drawing to Valencia and most recently Real Madrid in the Copa Del Ray – and get the three points against an average Bilbao side.
When these two faced off last time out, Barcelona were frustrated as they were forced to settle with a point following a 1-1 draw.
The hosts will have to make do without Artiz Aduriz as he is still out with a knock. Ander Capa, Peru Nolaskoain and Mikel Rico will all miss out too.
Oscar De Marcos will return for Athletic following his suspension and he will take the place of Capa – who is serving a suspension himself.
Valverde will not have Jordi Alba at his disposal after collecting five yellow cards this season, while Jasper Cillessen and Samuel Umtiti will be out as they recover from injuries.
Ousmane Dembele could find himself back in the starting XI if Lionel Messi is unavailable to start as the Argentine comes back from a spell on the sidelines.
Potential Athletic Bilbao Starting XI: Herrerin, Yuri, Martinez, Alvarez, Marcos, D.Garcia, Etxebarria, Muniain, R.Garcia, Gomez, Williams
Potential Barcelona Starting XI: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Roberto, Vidal, Busquets, Rakitic, Coutinho, Suarez, Dembele
Head To Head
- Athletic Bilbao 6, Draws 11, Barcelona 35
- Bilbao have won one of their last eight meetings.
- A late Munir goal rescued Barcelona a point in the reverse fixture.
Key Stats & Facts
- The hosts haven’t lost in any of their last six home league games.
- Barcelona have only lost once on their travels this season.
- Valverde’s side are the top goalscorers away from home netting 22 goals on the road and they also have the best defence, only conceding eight in return.
- Athletic Bilbao 19/5
- Draw 3/1
- Barcelona 11/14
After their sub-par performance against Valencia which saw them draw 2-2, Barcelona will be eager to return to winning ways and establish a nine-point lead at the top if Real manage to prevail in the Madrid derby.
Luis Suarez is currently second in the top goalscorer charts in La Liga, netting 15 so far this season, and he will be looking to add to this impressive tally at the expense of Bilbao.
Barcelona were lucky that Atletico couldn’t take advantage of their slip-up last week, and they’ll be looking to make sure they don’t slip-up in these games again.