What is the prediction for the Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao match?
Barcelona has been undefeated for more than 20 years against Bilbao at the Nou Camp and now that they are in good shape we expect another good result and triumph. Athletic Bilbao is a well-organized team and will certainly threaten, but our prediction is 2-1 in favor of the home team.
How serious is the threat of Bilbao and Atleti?
However, defending champions Atleti are giving them a furious chase, and this is a threat that needs to be taken seriously. With the season about to enter its final stages, a single slip-up could cost the Catalans their ticket to the next edition of the CL. Meanwhile, Bilbao have been making heads turn throughout 2021-22.
Could Atleti be a threat to the Catalans?
However, defending champions Atleti are giving them a furious chase, and this is a threat that needs to be taken seriously. With the season about to enter its final stages, a single slip-up could cost the Catalans their ticket to the next edition of the CL.
What has been the impact of the new arrivals at Barcelona?
With new arrivals making an immediate impact, Barcelona are playing with renewed vigor at the moment. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is breathing fire at the moment, while Adama Traore has looked right at home too. Ferran Torres has also impressed.
Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction
With new arrivals making an immediate impact, Barcelona are playing with renewed vigor at the moment.
Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao Betting Tips
Tip 2 – Goals over/under 2.5: Over 2.5 (The last five clashes between the sides have averages 3.5 goals)
Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction & Analysis
Xavi’s men registered a 1-4 win on the road the last match-day, against Valencia. They are on a 14-fixture unbeaten run, and they had also won three of their past five games.
Key Stats for Betting
Barca are placed fourth in the table, and they have lost just four times all through the campaign.
Barcelona vs Athletic Club Betting Tips
Having edged past Real Sociedad via penalties on Wednesday, Barcelona faces Athletic Club with Ronald Koeman looking for his first silverware piece as Barcelona boss.
Barcelona vs Athletic Club Correct Score Prediction
This should be a tight contest with our without Messi, and I fancy Bilbao to force extra-time following a tense 1:1 draw in Seville.
Athletic won 11, drew 13 and lost 14 of their 38 league matches last season to finish in 10th position, some 15 points behind the top six, and it is difficult to imagine them closing that gap in 2021-22, with their Basque-only policy in terms of new signings restricting their summer activity.
Athletic will again be without the services of Yuri Berchiche, Peru Nolaskoain, Kenan Kodro, Inigo Cordoba and Alex Petxa through injury, while Ander Capa remains a fitness doubt.
We say: Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Barcelona
Barcelona are certain to suffer on Saturday evening, and it will be a tough contest for the Catalan giants. Koeman will have been delighted with what he saw from his side on the opening weekend, though, and we fancy Barcelona to shade a close match to pick up another three points.
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The Catalan giants are second the table, behind arch-rivals Real Madrid courtesy of Los Blancos superior head-to-head record in this season’s meetings. The title race is now out of the hands of the home team. They must keep winning and hoping that Zinedine Zidane’s team slips up along the way.
The visitors still have a realistic chance of a top-six finish and European football next season. The team from the Basque country are five points outside the top-six with eight games to go this season.
We do believe that Barcelona will record a victory. However, a home win offers very little value. Instead, we are backing both teams to score despite a recent defensive improvement from Barcelona, as Athletic tend to score away from home. The home side are prolific on home soil.
Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Alves, Piqué, Araujo, Dest; F. De Jong, Busquets, Pedri; Adama, Aubameyang, Ferran
It’s Athletic and they’re never fun to play against, but Barça are much better against them at home and I’m confident the team will carry the momentum from the last three games and continue to control their destiny in the league: 3-1 to the good guys.