Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao
Spain – Super Cup
Date: Sunday, 17 January 2021
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio de La Cartuja.
The Catalans need a title at any cost at present. After all they have gone through in the past few seasons, things have finally started to look bright for them.
Ousmane Dembele has returned to form, and so has their talisman Lionel Messi (though currently he is under treatment for a minor injury).
Importantly, players have bought into the philosophy of new manager Ronald Koeman, and as further good news, after years of turmoil, Joan Laporta seems well equipped to become president of the club once again.
The team is going through a great spell at the moment, and they are on the cusp of a much-needed winners’ medal this Sunday.
The reason being, the Basque club are going through an unimpressive run as of now, and have been conceding goals in plenty.
They have also been a terrible performer on the road for the past several months, and most importantly, Koeman’s men have a phenomenal h2h record against this rival over the years.
Considering these observations, expect Barcelona to win the Super Cup this Sunday.
Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao Head-to-head (h2h)
- These two had locked horns just the last week, and then the Catalans recorded a 2-3 win on the road.
- They had recorded 34 of the former 40 overall wins.
- They had kept clean sheets in five of the past nine clashes.
- Seven of the last nine games had failed to have goals from both teams.
Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction
Koeman’s men had recorded a win via penalties in the semis, against Sociedad. Meanwhile, Marcelino Toral’s men registered a 1-2 win against Real Madrid in their semi-final match-up.
Going on though, the Catalans have recorded 34 of the former 40 overall h2h wins, and they are also on a nine-game unbeaten run at the moment. They have also won seven of these nine fixtures.
On the other hand, their counterparts were winless in seven of their preceding ten overall games, and they have won just twice on the road since July of 2020.
Taking into account these observations, and the desperation of Koeman’s men to win a title, expect Barcelona to deliver a win this Sunday. Moreover, with Lionel Messi about to return from his injury, the chances of Barca increase furthermore.
Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao Betting Tips
Barcelona to Win @ 1.70 (7/10)
Over 1.5 Team Goals by Barcelona @ 1.60 (3/5).