Barcelona welcome Athletic Bilbao to the Nou Camp on Sunday night for a key clash in La Liga’s top-four battle. The Catalans have largely rediscovered their mojo under Xavi and come into this weekend’s game unbeaten in their last nine league matches.
Where and when: Nou Camp – 27 February, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Barcelona vs. Athletic Bilbao: La Liga TB, Bet365 live streaming
Last time: These teams last met in the Copa del Rey round of 16 last month. Bilbao beat Barca 3-2 in extra time, gaining a measure of revenge for their 4-0 defeat to the Blaugrana in last season’s cup final.
Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao Predictions and Preview
Athletic Bilbao have won three of the last four meetings between these teams in the Copa del Rey and Supercopa de Espana. However, Los Leones have only won one of their last 16 matches against Barcelona in La Liga, losing on 12 occasions. Barca may not be at their level of yesteryear, but the Blaugrana are on the road to recovery under Xavi.
The Catalans have won five of the nine games in their current unbeaten run, scoring four goals against both Atletico Madrid in their last home game and four away to Valencia in their last match on the road. Barca have won their last two home games against Bilbao by a single goal, which is a bet that’s worth a look this weekend at 5/2.
The home team enter this Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao preview fourth in La Liga, on equal points with defending champions Atletico but with a game in hand. The visitors are currently eighth in the table and on a run of only one defeat in their last six games. Los Leones have won four of those matches, but adding to that this weekend is a tall order.
Barcelona vs. Athletic Bilbao full time result odds
Visiting coach Marcelino isn’t helped by a number of potential absences for this trip to Catalonia. Nico Williams is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, while Mikel Vesga and Ander Capa are both expected to miss out. The hosts will be without Ansu Fati, Samuel Umtiti, Alex Balde and Clement Lenglet due to injury, while Memphis Depay is also a doubt.
Barcelona vs. Athletic Bilbao both teams to score odds
Five of the last six meetings between these clubs have seen both teams score, with a total of 24 goals at an average of exactly four per game, albeit with some coming in periods of extra time. Even so, a BTTS bet looks good this weekend, while over 3.5 goals is also promising at 23/10.
Barcelona vs. Athletic Bilbao correct score odds
Three of the last six meetings between these clubs have ended with a 3-2 scoreline. Barca have scored 10 goals in their last three La Liga fixtures, while Bilbao’s impressive 4-0 home victory over Real means they’ve scored six in their last two. A 3-2 home win is priced at 28/1 in these Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao predictions.
Barcelona vs. Athletic Bilbao first goalscorer odds
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang opened his Barca account in style last weekend, breaking the deadlock away to Valencia before going on to bag a hat-trick. The Gabon international will start as the favourite to open the scoring once again this weekend, while he’s 126/1 to strike first in a 3-2 Barca win.