Athletic Bilbao are playing at home against Barcelona in a match of round 23 of the Spanish La Liga. Since Gaizka Garitano’s appointment, the home team are in fantastic form. Under his management, Bilbao lost for the first time this weekend as a guest of Real Sociedad. At home, The Lions traditionally are playing solid and lost only against Villarreal and Real Sociedad.
Barcelona will go against Bilbao with mixed feelings, after the 1-1 draw against Real Madrid in the semi-finals of Copa del Rey. Lionel Messi was rested and played in El Clásico just for 30 minutes, but although he didn’t score, he still affected the game. It’s expected that the Argentinian to start against The Lions and Barcelona will seek fifth consecutive victory as a guest in La Liga for the first time since Ernesto Valverde’s appointment.
Athletic Bilbao are among the most uncomfortable rivals for Barcelona, although the results are in favour of Blaugrana. Barcelona may have just three losses in the previous 38 fixtures in all competitions against Athletic Bilbao, but The Lions never give up against Blaugrana, and often their games are decided by just one goal. The current form of the home team and the problems in defence of Barcelona make us think that both sides will score and Blaugrana may not take the three points.
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Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Head to Head
Athletic Bilbao have one win, one draw and four defeats in the previous six games against Barcelona. In three of these fixtures have been scored under 2.5 goals. The last match between both sides was on 29 September and ended as a 1-1 draw.
|29.09.2018||Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao||1-1|
|18.03.2018||Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao||2-0|
|28.10.2017||Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona||0-2|
|04.02.2017||Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao||3-0|
|11.01.2017||Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao||3-1|
|05.01.2017||Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona||2-1|
Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Stats
- In the previous six games of Athletic Bilbao at home have been scored under 2.5 goals.
- Athletic Bilbao are unbeaten in six consecutive fixtures on Estadio San Mamés.
- Athletic Bilbao have allowed just 12 shots to their net in 2019 .
- Barcelona have scored at least two goals in the previous ten games in La Liga.
- Barcelona have four straight wins as guests in La Liga, but never have won five consecutive under Ernesto Valverde’s leadership.
- Barcelona’s reserves have scored eight goals after been subbed on – most than every other team in La Liga.
Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Odds
Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Team News
Aritz Aduriz, Ander Capa and Iñigo Lekue are injured and will miss the game for Bilbao. Barcelona will be without Jordi Alba, Samuel Umtiti, Rafinha and Jasper Cillessen.