Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona match preview for the La Liga fixture, written by experienced sports betting expert.
Friday’s La Liga action features an exciting clash between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona. Since Gaizka Garitano was appointed as a manager of Athletic Bilbao last season, the Basque side transformed from a struggling team to one battling for a place in the European tournaments. In the end, Athletic Bilbao finished in eight place and failed to qualify for the Europa League. Gaizka Garitano kept all his key players in the summer, and I expect that his team will once again challenge for a top finish in La Liga.
Barcelona won the title in La Liga with ease, but disappointed the fans with failures in the Champions League against Liverpool and losing the final of Copa Del Rey against Valencia. ‘Los Cules’ were active on the transfer market and so far have signed Antoine Griezmann, Frenkie de Jong and Junior Firpo. Neymar may once again join Barcelona, which will improve significantly ‘Los Cules’ chances of winning the title for the fifth time in the last six seasons.
A trip to Bilbao is never an easy task, and undoubtfully Barcelona have a tough start of the season. The Basque side has always been one of the best home teams in La Liga and is yet to lose at ‘Estadio San Mamés’ in 2019. However, in the past couple of seasons, Barcelona is playing good football against Athletic Bilbao and have four wins from their most recent six fixtures.
I expect that Barcelona will make a strong claim to retaining the title and won’t lose on Friday. At the same time, I am not going to underestimate the hosts and don’t expect a convincing win for the away side. There were under 3.5 goals scored in Barcelona’s last six visits to ‘Estadio San Mamés’, and it will be a surprise if we see a lot of goals on Friday.
My Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona predictions are Draw or Barcelona to Win and Under 3.5 Goals at odds around 1.80. I will also back Barcelona 2-1 Correct Score at odds around 9.50. Bet Heaven recommends placing this bet at William Hill.
Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Head to Head
Barcelona have four wins in their most recent six games against Athletic Bilbao. There were under 2.5 goals scored in four of them. So far, Barcelona is the only team in La Liga with four away wins at the new ‘Estadio San Mamés’.
Athletic Bilbao have just one win in ten games in the first round in La Liga against Barcelona. The Basque side failed to score in eight of their last eleven games against The Catalans.
Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Stats
- La Liga's reigning champions failed to lose their opening games in the last ten seasons.
- Barcelona started their last ten seasons in La Liga with a win.
- Luis Suarez has scored eight goals in 13 matches against Athletic Bilbao.
- Athletic Bilbao haven't lost back-to-back games in La Liga since November 2018.
- Iñaki Williams has three goals in 12 games against Barcelona in all competitions.
Average stats between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona in the La Liga across current season.
* Calculated from Athletic Bilbao's home stats and Barcelona's away stats.
|Win %||47 %||75 %||14 %|
|BTTS %||33 %||25 %||43 %|
|Clean Sheet %||47 %||63 %||29 %|
|First Goal %||60 %||75 %||43 %|
|Win %||71 %||100 %||50 %|
|BTTS %||57 %||83 %||38 %|
|Clean Sheet %||29 %||17 %||38 %|
|First Goal %||64 %||83 %||50 %|
Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Odds
*Subject to change.
Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Betting Tips
My Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona betting tips are Draw or Barcelona to Win and Under 3.5 Goals at odds around 1.80. I will also back Barcelona 2-1 Correct Score at odds around 9.50.
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