The second running of the four-team Spanish Super Cup sees Barcelona play Athletic Bilbao in Sunday’s final at the Estadio La Cartuja de Sevilla. Barca have lifted the Supercopa de Espana a record 13 times, while Athletic Club have triumphed in the showpiece on two previous occasions.
Where and when: Estadio La Cartuja de Sevilla – 17 January, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Barcelona vs. Athletic Bilbao: Bet365 live streaming
Last time: Barcelona recovered from going a goal down to beat Athletic Bilbao 3-2 when these clubs met at San Mames just over a week ago.
Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao Predictions and Preview
Lionel Messi scored a brace in that recent clash between these clubs, but there are question marks over the Argentine’s fitness coming into the Spanish Super Cup final. Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman will hope to have his star man fit and firing, while Athletic Bilbao will have their fingers crossed for the opposite.
Messi has been back on song in recent weeks and has scored 26 goals in 38 appearances against Bilbao down the years, contributing 11 further assists. One of those goals came in the Supercopa de Espana in 2015, although it was a mere consolation in the second leg after Los Leones thrashed Barca 4-0 in the first tie of the fib at Sam Mames.
That was the first time Bilbao had won this trophy since 1984, when they were awarded it without a contest due to their league and cup double. Barcelona, meanwhile, have won it six times in the last 11 seasons. With or without Messi, the Blaugrana will enter this Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao preview as the clear favourites in the betting.
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The Catalan giants are priced at 7/9 in the latest Spanish Super Cup final odds, as they look for their third straight victory over Bilbao. However, Athletic beat Barca 1-0 on their way to reaching the 2020 Copa del Rey final, which is still yet to be played due to the coronavirus pandemic.
That made it back-to-back 1-0 victories for Bilbao in this fixture following the same result in an August 2019 La Liga clash. Barca had gone 11 unbeaten in the league against Los Leones before that, winning nine.
Marcelino’s side are the 15/4 underdogs in this game with William Hill, with the draw after 90 minutes priced at 3/1. Bilbao will have to do without Unai Lopez, Yeray Alvarez and Peru Nolaskoain due to injury, with Philippe Coutinho, Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique and Ansu Fati expected to be missing for Barcelona.
One to watch for Barcelona: Lionel Messi is the record goalscorer in the Supercopa de Espana, netting 14 times in 19 appearances. Barca will be desperate for their little magician to make this game, and he is the 14/5 favourite to break the deadlock on Sunday night.
One to watch for Athletic Bilbao: Inaki Williams will surely need to take any chances that come his way if Bilbao are going to be successful on Sunday night. The 26-year-old forward is 10/1 to open the scoring in these Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao predictions.
Long shot: It was only a matter of days ago that Barca beat Bilbao 3-2 in an entertaining La Liga encounter. The same result in the Supercopa final is priced at 22/1, rising to 81/1 if you add Messi as the first goalscorer.