Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Match Prediction

By Gary Gillles

Athletic Bilbao became the latest club to succumb at the hands of Leganes, as the team lost 1-0 during the weekend. Claudio Beauvue capitalised on a mistake from San Jose in the 54th minute to score the only goal of the game. Barcelona were able to continue their winning run with a 2-0 victory over Malaga. Ernesto Valverde’s team had an element of fortune in both goals scored by his players, but none more so than the opening goal from Deulofeu in the second minute. A second-half goal from Andres Iniesta sealed the victory for Barcelona.

Here we have our SBAT match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

Betting Tips and Predictions

Barcelona have endured a mediocre scoring run at the San Mames. In the last five away games against Athletic Bilbao, Barcelona have not scored more than 2.5 goals. This is a hugely surprising statistic. There is more case for Barcelona to score less than 2.5 goals in this game, as Athletic Bilbao have conceded just goals at the San Mames this season. At the same time, Athletic Bilbao have scored under 1.5 goals in three out of the four home games. I would go with this game producing under 2.5 goals. Luis Suarez has a strong record against Athletic Bilbao after scoring five goals in just four La Liga appearances against this club. The Uruguayan forward has not been prolific since his return from injury, and he has only managed three goals this season. Yet, the record against Bilbao is so impressive and I would back Suarez to score anytime in the game.

Total goals under 2.5 – 13/10

Luis Suarez to score anytime – 5/6

Athletic Bilbao saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

Athletic Bilbao saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played against Barcelona

Barcelona scored over 2.5 goals in 5 out of their last 10 games played

Barcelona saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 10 games played against Athletic Bilbao

AVG Goals

1.3

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Athletic Bilbao Form Guide

Athletic Bilbao Team Logo

Athletic Bilbao

Won

3

Draw

2

Lost

5
D H

31-03-2018

Primera Division

Celta Vigo Team Logo Celta Vigo

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

09-04-2018

Primera Division

Villarreal Team Logo Villarreal

FT 1 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

L H

14-04-2018

Primera Division

Deportivo La Coruna Team Logo Deportivo La Coruna

FT 2 - 3

(HT 0 - 2)

D A

18-04-2018

Primera Division

Real Madrid Team Logo Real Madrid

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L H

23-04-2018

Primera Division

Levante Team Logo Levante

FT 1 - 3

(HT 1 - 2)

L A

28-04-2018

Primera Division

Real Sociedad Team Logo Real Sociedad

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

05-05-2018

Primera Division

Real Betis Team Logo Real Betis

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

12-05-2018

Primera Division

Alaves Team Logo Alaves

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

20-05-2018

Primera Division

Espanyol Team Logo Espanyol

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

23-05-2018

Club Friendlies

Santutxu FC Team Logo Santutxu FC

FT 4 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

Barcelona Form Guide

Barcelona Team Logo

Barcelona

Won

6

Draw

2

Lost

2
L A

10-04-2018

Champions League Final Stage

Roma Team Logo Roma

FT 3 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

14-04-2018

Primera Division

Valencia Team Logo Valencia

FT 2 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

17-04-2018

Primera Division

Celta Vigo Team Logo Celta Vigo

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

21-04-2018

Copa del Rey

Sevilla Team Logo Sevilla

FT 0 - 5

(HT 0 - 3)

W A

29-04-2018

Primera Division

Deportivo La Coruna Team Logo Deportivo La Coruna

FT 2 - 4

(HT 1 - 2)

D H

06-05-2018

Primera Division

Real Madrid Team Logo Real Madrid

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

09-05-2018

Primera Division

Villarreal Team Logo Villarreal

FT 5 - 1

(HT 3 - 0)

L A

13-05-2018

Primera Division

Levante Team Logo Levante

FT 5 - 4

(HT 2 - 1)

W A

16-05-2018

Club Friendlies

Mamelodi Sundowns FC Team Logo Mamelodi Sundowns FC

FT 1 - 3

(HT 0 - 2)

W H

20-05-2018

Primera Division

Real Sociedad Team Logo Real Sociedad

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

Athletic Bilbao Preview

Athletic Bilbao’s poor form continued with the team losing against Leganes, who have been one of the surprise packages of the 2017-18 campaign. The overall Bilbao form reads at just one win in the last five competitive matches. As a result, the club are struggling to enter into the top 10 of the table. Bilbao appear to be struggling with regard to the European competitions and the demands that it places upon the squad in terms of energy levels. Aduriz is the top scorer at the club with four goals.

Athletic Bilbao Team News

Oscar De Marcos (ankle), Muniain (cruciate ligament), Mikel Balenziaga (ankle), and Iker Undabarrene (cruciate ligament) are the players unavailable for Bilbao manager Cuco Ziganda.

Barcelona Preview

Barcelona continued their winning run with relative ease after the victory over Malaga, despite the game being filled with controversies in both goals scored by the Catalan club. Ernesto Valverde has been able to seamlessly get the players working in his direction. Even with the concerns about the team’s strength in depth, Barcelona have been able to get a string of positive results in recent weeks. The strong run in the La Liga 2017-18 season has led to the team opening up a five-point advantage over Real Madrid. The lead was slightly higher a few weeks ago, but it is substantial even now. Lionel Messi is the leading scorer at Barcelona, without surprise, and he has 11 in the league this season.

Barcelona Team News

Ernesto Valverde will be without Ousmane Dembele (hamstring), Rafinha (meniscus), Jordi Alba (groin), Aleix Vidal (ankle), and Arda Turan (ankle) for this game.

Athletic Bilbao Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.6

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Barcelona Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2.8

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Sidelined Players

Athletic Bilbao
10 Iker Muniain Injured
5 Yeray Alvarez Injured
18 Oscar de Marcos Injured
Barcelona
11 Ousmane Dembele Injured
12 Rafinha Injured
25 Thomas Vermaelen Injured
8 Andres Iniesta Injured
7 Arda Turan Injured
22 Aleix Vidal Injured

Head to Head
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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Kepa Arrizabalaga 189 84
2 LB Eneko Boveda 181 77
30 CD Unai Nunez 186 -
4 CD Aymeric Laporte 189 85
15 RB Inigo Lekue 179 70
28 CM Inigo Cordoba 180 74
22 CM Raul Garcia 183 80
11 CM Inaki Williams 186 77
8 CDM Ander Iturraspe 187 74
6 CDM Mikel San Jose 186 77
20 CF Aritz Aduriz 181 78
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Marc-Andre ter Stegen 187 85
23 CD Samuel Umtiti 183 84
18 RB Jordi Alba 170 68
3 CD Gerard Pique 194 85
20 LB Sergi Roberto 178 70
4 LM Ivan Rakitic 184 78
15 CM Paulinho 181 81
5 CM Sergio Busquets 189 78
21 RM Andre Gomes 188 84
10 CF Lionel Messi 170 72
9 CF Luis Suarez 182 85