Spanish champions and early league leaders Barcelona will look to bounce back from two disappointing results as they host Basque giants Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. The Blaugrana are massive favourites despite being held by Girona and losing at Leganes.
Where and when: Camp Nou, Barcelona – 29 September, kick-off 15:15
Where you can see Barcelona vs. Athletic Bilbao: William Hill, Eleven Sports
Last time: Goals from Paco Alcacer and Lionel Messi earned Barca a 2-0 victory over Athletic at the Camp Nou back in March. The Blaugrana have won each of their last five home matches against the Bilbao side.
|Athletic Bilbao double chance||11/2||Offer|
|Under 2.5 goals||85/40||Offer|
|Barcelona half time/full time||6/10||Offer|
Barcelona vs. Athletic Bilbao Predictions and Preview
Barcelona remain at the top of the early La Liga table despite stumbling in each of their last two games – being held by Girona before losing at Leganes.
Ernesto Valverde’s men had won all four previous league games despite looking far from their peak and will be desperate to return to winning ways here.
Athletic have not won since their opening day victory over Leganes (although they have played one game fewer) but their 3-0 loss at home to Villarreal on Wednesday was their first defeat of the campaign.
The home side are favourites to win this encounter at odds of 2/15, with Athletic Club priced at 22/1 and the draw available at 8/1.
This is likely to be a cagey affair with Athletic failing to score in their last three encounters with Barca, so Under 2.5 goals at 85/40 appears to offer value, while Under 1.5 goals is at 6/1.
A ‘double chance’ on Athletic to come away with either a draw or a win is available at 11/2 while a Barca win/draw outcome is at 1/33.
If you fancy the home side to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 6/10 (888 Sport).
One to watch for Barcelona: Lionel Messi netted 34 goals in 36 La Liga outings last season and already has five in six this time around. He has scored in each of his last five games against Athletic.
One to watch for Athletic Bilbao: Iker Munain has already netted two league goals this campaign for the Basques and is their major attacking threat.
Long shot: Athletic will seek to frustrate the out-of-form hosts who have looked shaky recently and will sit deep during this encounter. Odds of this game to finish scoreless are available at 30/1.