BETTING & MATCH PREDICTION
On Saturday night, Athletic Club host Barcelona at San Mames, in a potentially fascinating La Liga encounter.
The boys from Bilbao kicked off the new La Liga campaign with a rather uninspiring 0-0 draw at Elche. The draw continued a worrying winless trend from the end of last season, as Athletic have now failed to win in five matches in La Liga.
They have also won just two of their last 14 games in the Spanish top-flight. Head coach Marcelino will be looking for an improvement over the coming months. A win against the Catalan visitors would be a good way to lift spirits.
Traditionally, Athletic have been strong on home soil. However, they head into this clash on the back of just one win in their last six outings in the Spanish top-flight. On the flip-side, a 1-0 defeat by Real Madrid in their last home match in La Liga was their first home defeat in ten league games at San Mames.
The Catalan giants kicked off the post-Messi era in style by recording a 4-2 win over Real Sociedad at the Nou Camp. Denmark striker Martin Braithwaite scored a brace, while new signing Memphis Depay also enjoyed a promising debut.
Ronald Koeman’s team ended last season in relatively inconsistent style, as the Blaugrana have won three of their last seven matches in La Liga.
One positive for the visitors is their recent away form has been decent, as they are now four games unbeaten on their travels, having recorded three victories in the process.
Athletic head into this game with Peru Nolaskoain, Ander Capa, Alex Petxa, Yeray Alvarez and Yuri Berchiche all likely to miss out through injury.
Barcelona also has some likely absentees through injury, including Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Oscar Mingueza, Ansu Fati, Moussa Wague, Sergio Aguero and Ousmane Dembele.
Barcelona looked impressive going forward last time out and we are backing the Blaugrana to make it two wins out of two in this clash.
PREDICTION – AWAY WIN
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ATHLETIC BILBAO STATS
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LONG TERM TRENDS
In the 2019/20 La Liga season, 32% of Bilbao games ended in Over 2.5 goals.
|Ath Bilbao Streaks|
|30+ Total Booking points in their last 9 league matches|
|opponents have received 20+ Booking Points in their last 9 league matches|