Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao: Preview and Predictions

Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao Spanish LaLiga Predictions by LeagueLane

Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao
Spain – La Liga
Date: Sunday, 18 March 2018
Kick-Off at 15:15 UK
Venue: Camp Nou (Barcelona).

Lionel Messi’s magic has led Barcelona into the quarterfinal of the Champions League past Chelsea who were just powerless against the world’ best player on Wednesday evening at Camp Nou. The Argentine superstar has notched two and beautifully set up another to mark Ousmane Dembele’s maiden goal in Barcelona’s shirt.

$80 Bet Bonus
100% Bonus on first deposit upto $80/€60. And get Stake Refunded if one of the bets in your accumulator loses. New Customers Only. Min Deposit $1/€1.
Claim Bonus Now
$200 Free Bet
Kick off your Spin Palace Sports experience with the 100% matched bet up to a total of $200. New Customers Only. Min Deposit 10$/€10.
Claim Bonus Now

 

The magnificent forward has thus become the second player with 100 or more goals in the Champions League (after Cristiano Ronaldo). Barca will thus enter the weekend’s affair with Athletic Bilbao in high spirits aiming to snatch another comfortable victory in front of the home crowd in Catalonia. Messi skipped last week’s win over Malaga at Estadio La Rosaleda, but he will lad Barca’s attacking lienup in the absence of suspended Luis Suarez who has finally managed to clean yellow cards and he will miss Bilbao’s visit on Sunday.

Nonetheless, the host will be stronger for Philippe Coutinho who has scored his second goal in eighth appearance for Blaugrana last time out against the rock-bottomed Malaga. Coutinho, Messi and Ousmane Dembele promise a truly fantastic afternoon on Sunday at Camp Nou and we can only fear for Bilbao’s disaster in this match-up.

The Basques will come into this low on confidence after losing the second leg of their Europa League tie with Olympique Marseille as well on Thursday evening at San Mames.

Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao: Head-to-head

Bilbao have never been a tricky opposition for Blaugrana at Camp Nou.

Barcelona have won 23 and lost only 2 of 29 home fixtures against the Basques.

Barca eased past their rivals 0-2 on the road when the two teams met in this term of La Liga back in October last year.

Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao: Prediction

Everything suggests a one-sided contest from the very first minute and we can’t predict anything else but a straightforward comfortable victory for the hosts on Sunday.

Apart from backing the home win by three or more goals, we’ll shoot for Philippe Coutinho to score anytime for the hosts at the odds of 1.95.

Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao: Bet Tips

Barcelona -2.5 handicap @ 2.10

Philippe Coitinho to score anytime @ 1.95

Bet £10, Get £30 In Free Bets!
Minimum deposit of £10 using deposit code 30fb - A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 placed on any sports market - New customers only, Free bet stakes not included in returns, Deposit method and withdrawal restrictions apply.
Claim Bonus Now
Bet £10, Get £30 In Free Bets
New William Hill online customers only. Min. unit stake of £10/€10 at odds of 1/2 or greater. Only the “win” part from EW bets will count. Free bet terms, payment method & country restrictions apply. Free bets credited as 3 x £10/€10. Free bet stakes are not returned as part of the settlement of successful free bets. All Free Bets must be wagered within 30 days.
Claim Bonus Now
£75 Sports Welcome Bonus
New to Sports? Join Jetbull today and when you make your first deposit, and get 50% of the deposited amount, up to £75 (or account currency equivalent of £75), to your account! Min Deposit £10.
Claim Bonus Now