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Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

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Spain La Liga | San Mames Barria | 16th August
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Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona predictions for Friday night’s La Liga curtain raiser at San Mames. With Bilbao unbeaten in their last 15 La Liga home games, this looks like a tricky opening to the 2019/20 campaign for Barcelona. Will Ernesto Valverde’s side get off to a winning start or can the hosts grind out a result? Read on for all our free match predictions and betting tips.

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Under 2.5 Match Goals @ 21/20

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Draw 1-1 @ 13/2

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Draw @ 29/10

Reason For Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Betting Tips

Barcelona have an excellent recent head to head record against Athletic Bilbao after winning nine of the last 13 meetings, however the reigning champions would probably have wished for a much softer opening to the 2019/20 campaign. Ernesto Valverde’s men were held to draws in both league games with Los Leones last term, and the hosts will be fired up for this one, based on those results and their strong finish to the 2018/19 season.

Barca clinched their 26th La Liga title at a canter last term, finishing nine points clear of runners-up Atletico Madrid and 19 points ahead of their main adversaries Real. Yet it’s fair to say that they perhaps weren’t as aesthetically pleasing on the eye as they have been in the past, and struggled at times to break teams down. That was certainly the case in both league meetings with Bilbao which finished 1-1 and 0-0, two of nine draws posted by the Catalan giants across their 38 La Liga fixtures in total.

And the way Barca ended the 2018/19 season is a real concern heading into the new campaign. They blew a 3-0 advantage against Liverpool in the Champions League semi-finals, and lost 1-2 against Valencia in the Copa Del Rey final at Benito Villamarin. Factor in that Valverde’s side only managed to win one of their last five away matches in the league, and we can start to make a case for the hosts getting a result in this Friday’s opening game.

The additions of Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie De Jong over the summer should go a long way towards restoring Barca’s aura of invincibility, and the champions will be mightily difficult to stop over course and distance once again, with a number of their main challengers in the midst of rebuilding.  But although the new faces are set to feature at San Mames this Friday, they could well take a couple of weeks to acclimatise, whilst star man Lionel Messi misses out with a calf strain.

Bilbao began woefully last term but turned things around well to finish 8th after Gaizka Garitano replaced Eduardo Berizzo in December, and their home form overall is formidable heading into this encounter. They haven’t tasted defeat at San Mames since October and they will be desperate to keep that 14 match streak in-tact here.

The last four clashes between the pair have all been fairly tight, producing under 2.5 goals. We expect a similar situation this Friday as neither will want to give much away and a draw could probably be considered a good result for both teams. Whilst 11 of Bilbao’s last 14 home games have featured under 2.5 goals, Los Leones have netted in 12 of them, whilst Barca have conceded in five of their last seven away, so 1-1 is our pick in the correct score market.

Athletic Bilbao Team News

Athletic Bilbao Team Badge There are no injury concerns for the hosts ahead of Friday's opening fixture. Based on last season, we expect Gaizka Garitano to line-up with a 4-2-3-1 formation, with Inaki Williams spearheading the attack.

Barcelona Team News

Barcelona Team Badge Lionel Messi is set to miss out on the season's opener after sustaining a calf strain, whilst new goalkeeper Neto is sidelined with a hand injury. Marc-Andre ter Stegen will fill the void, and we can expect marquee summer signing Antoine Griezmann to start in behind Luis Suarez. New signing Frenkie De Jong should also be involved for the champions.

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Published: August 16, 2019

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  • The reigning LaLiga champions are unbeaten in their last 10 MD1 fixtures of the next season (W8 D2). The last defeat by a reigning champion in their first league game of the following campaign was Real Madrid in 2008/09 (2-1 vs Deportivo at Riazor).
  • Athletic Club are winless in their last 11 LaLiga matches against Barcelona (D2 L9), failing to score in eight of those games.
  • No away side has won more LaLiga games against Athletic at the new San Mames than Barcelona (W4 D1 L1 – level with Atletico de Madrid – W4 D1 L1). Only the Red-And-Whites (11) have scored more away goals there than the Blaugranas (nine).
  • This will be the 10th encounter between Athletic Club and Barcelona on MD1 in LaLiga, with the Catalonian side winning six and drawing two. Athletic’s only win in such a fixture came back in 1949 (3-1).
  • Barcelona have won their opening LaLiga match in each of the last 10 seasons, but only two were away from home. The last time the Catalonian side failed to win on MD1 was in 2008 against Numancia (1-0).
  • After losing their final game of the 2018/19 LaLiga season against Sevilla (0-2), Athletic could lose back-to-back games in the competition for the first time since Gaizka Garitano’s arrival in December 2018.
  • Barcelona’s Luis Suarez has scored seven goals in 13 games against Athletic in all competitions but only two of those have been scored at San Mames, with the most recent coming in August 2015 (also on MD1).
  • Iñaki Williams could score his 50th goal for Athletic Club (currently 49 goals in 204 appearances in all competitions). The striker has scored three goals in his 12 competitive games against Barcelona, most recently scoring against them in January 2017, in the Copa del Rey.
  • Barcelona’s Antoine Griezmann has scored eight goals in 18 LaLiga games against Athletic Club – against no side has he scored more in the competition (also eight vs Celta de Vigo, Valladolid and Valencia).
  • Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has lost four of his six LaLiga away games against Athletic, however he is unbeaten in his previous two such games (W1 D1).
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