Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona
Spain – LaLiga
Date: Friday, 16 August 2019
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio San Mames (Bilbao).
After delivering eight league titles from the last eleven campaigns, Barcelona has placed themselves as the undisputed Spanish champions. But this time around, they cannot expect to go into cruise mode and lift the title at the end.
Both Madrid outfits are determined to present tough competition for the crown and have displayed this intent in the transfer window. The arrivals of some truly gifted youngsters and the presence of seasoned veterans could really block the path for the Blaugrana.
Still, the current champions have made some potent signings of their own, and if rumors are to believed, Neymar Jr could potentially make a return to Spain. Fans are surely excited, and the team could complement it with a win.
While the injury to Messi could play spoilsport, the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez, etc could easily cover the void.
The challenge that awaits them is huge, as they travel to San Mames for the season opener. Bilbao has a tendency to deliver upsets to heavyweights, and they could right away deliver one to their former manager Ernesto Valverde.
Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Head-to-head (h2h)
- Barca recorded the last four wins.
- Bilbao has scored just a single goal from the last five matches combined.
- 15 of the last 19 wins at this venue went to the visitors.
- Four of the last six clashes at this stadium saw the guests keeping a clean sheet.
Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Prediction
Despite the absence of Lionel Messi, the Catalans have more than enough quality in their roster to deal with this challenge. Moreover, with the impending arrival of Neymar, it’d do good for many players to put forth some fantastic performances, which would help them in keeping their place in the starting eleven.
Also, in h2h encounters, Barcelona has recorded the last four wins and conceded just a single goal from the last five fixtures combined. In addition, at this venue, they kept clean sheets in four of the last six games and registered 15 of the last 19 wins.
In addition, in the last 18 years, Athletic has registered just two league wins against this opponent, and there seems nothing to expect otherwise as the 2019-20 La Liga kicks off, too.
Count on a victory by the reigning champions, and expect some clap-worthy moments from Ousmane Dembele.
Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Betting Tips
Barcelona to Win @ 1.75 (3/4)
To Score the First Goal: Barcelona @ 1.50 (1/2).