Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona
Spanish La Liga
Date: Sunday, 10 February 2019
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: San Mames Barria (Bilbao).
Both Bilbao and Barcelona will continue their well congested schedules on Sunday evening when they are set to take on each other in one of the most exciting games of the Matchday at San Mames.
The hosts ended a streak of three wins and a draw with a disappointing 2-1 defeat to biter local rivals Real Sociedad in the Basque derby.
Barcelona, on the other side, are looking to return to winning ways after two successive draws against Valencia and Real Madrid.
Blaugrana shipped early goals in both of these two ties and they had to claw their way back into the contest on both occasions.
Star man Lionel Messi suffered a slight thigh injury against Valencia which forced him to begin Copa del Rey semi-final against Real Madrid on the bench.
It will be interesting to see if Ernesto Valverde will use his key man in such an important league fixture on Sunday.
Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona: Head-to-head
Barcelona were the dominant force in the history of this match-up.
They won four in a row before Bilbao kept them to a 1-1 draw in late-September at Camp Nou.
The Lions scored only one goal in past four meetings with Blaugrana.
None of last three head to head affairs produced three or more goals.
Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona: Prediction
The Basques were generally very tough to break down of late. They conceded just one goal in four games before the mentioned 2-1 loss to Sociedad last weekend.
Knowing about Messi’s fitness woes and Barcelona’s generally dismal attacking performance in mid-week’s El Clasico, we would not be shocked to see the table-toppers struggling to create chances in the build-up play here at San Mames.
Under 3.5 goals FT is worth backing at 1.50 odds, while we will alternatively back Bilbao not to lose by two or more goals difference at the odds of 1.45.
Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona: Bet Tips
Under 3.5 goals FT @ 1.50 (1/2)
Athletic Bilbao +1.5 handicap @ 1.45 (9/20).