Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao Match Prediction

By Bharath Ramm R

Barcelona achieved a 2-0 win over Malaga to retain the eight-point advantage over Atletico Madrid. Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho scored in the opening 28 minutes, as Barcelona won comfortably even without Lionel Messi in the line-up. Malaga did have Samuel Garcia sent off in the 30th minute. In the midweek Champions League action, Barcelona beat Chelsea 3-0 at the Camp Nou and progressed into the quarter-finals with a 4-1 win on aggregate. Athletic Bilbao picked up a 2-0 home win over Leganes to move closer towards the top 10. Raul Garcia came up with two goals inside the opening 16 minutes to provide a comfortable win for the hosts. However, the Basque outfit were knocked out of the Europa League after a 5-2 aggregate loss against Marseille. The second leg against the French club finished as a 3-1 defeat.

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

 

Betting Tips and Predictions

Barcelona are still unbeaten as the club pursue a third league title in four seasons. However, the club have been far from perfect this season. Even though Barcelona have kept three clean sheets in the last five games, the club have not been entirely convincing at the back. Bilbao have scored in three out of the last five visits to the Camp Nou. I would go with the surprise option of backing both teams to score.

Philippe Coutinho could take the role of Luis Suarez in the game. The Brazilian has scored three goals in his last seven appearances for Barcelona. His recent performance in the win over Malaga was arguably his best game in March. I would back the Brazilian to score anytime in the game.

Both teams to score – 11/8

Philippe Coutinho to score anytime – 20/21

 

Barcelona scored over 1.5 goals in 8 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

Athletic Bilbao saw over 1.5 goals in 10 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

AVG Goals

1.4

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Barcelona Form Guide

Barcelona Team Logo

Barcelona

Won

7

Draw

2

Lost

1
W H

07-03-2018

Club Friendlies

Espanyol Team Logo Espanyol

FT 4 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

10-03-2018

Primera Division

Malaga Team Logo Malaga

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

W H

14-03-2018

Champions League Final Stage

Chelsea Team Logo Chelsea

FT 3 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

W H

18-03-2018

Primera Division

Athletic Bilbao Team Logo Athletic Bilbao

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

D A

31-03-2018

Primera Division

Sevilla Team Logo Sevilla

FT 2 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

04-04-2018

Champions League Final Stage

Roma Team Logo Roma

FT 4 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

07-04-2018

Primera Division

Leganes Team Logo Leganes

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

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)

Athletic Bilbao Form Guide

Athletic Bilbao Team Logo

Athletic Bilbao

Won

2

Draw

3

Lost

5
D H

28-02-2018

Primera Division

Valencia Team Logo Valencia

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

03-03-2018

Primera Division

Sevilla Team Logo Sevilla

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

L A

08-03-2018

Europa League Final Stage

Marseille Team Logo Marseille

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 1)

W H

11-03-2018

Primera Division

Leganes Team Logo Leganes

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

L H

15-03-2018

Europa League Final Stage

Marseille Team Logo Marseille

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

18-03-2018

Primera Division

Barcelona Team Logo Barcelona

FT 2 - 0

(HT 2 - 0)

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)

Barcelona Preview

Barcelona may have achieved a comprehensive win over Chelsea in the Champions League, but the blues exposed the fragile backline of Barcelona time and time again. Barcelona were also quite lucky with a couple of refereeing decisions. The narrow escapes would help manager Ernesto Valverde identify the various deficiencies in the team. In the league, however, Barcelona have been close to impeccable. The eight-point advantage with 10 matches left puts Barcelona closer to the 25th La Liga title.

 

Barcelona Team News

Denis Suarez (groin), Marc Cardona (thigh), Nelson Semedo (hamstring), Sergi Busquets (toe), Sergi Samper (ankle), and José Manuel Arnaiz (groin) are unavailable for Ernesto Valverde’s team. Luis Suarez is a huge miss due to a suspension.

 

Athletic Bilbao Preview

Athletic Bilbao will be quite disappointed with the Europa League exit, as the team had little to play for in the La Liga campaign. Apart from trying to finish in the top 10 places, Bilbao have not much to worry about in the remaining 10 La Liga matches. This comfortable position may have been a factor behind Bilbao only managing three league victories in 2018. At the same time, the club has also suffered just three league losses this year. Aduriz is the top scorer with eight goals, but Raul Garcia is not far behind with seven league goals.

 

Athletic Bilbao Team News

Mikel Balenziaga, Mikel Rico (muscle), Iker Undabarrene (cruciate ligament), and Yeray Alvarez (muscle) are missing for manager Cuco Ziganda.

 

Barcelona Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2

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 Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.2

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 vs Athletic Bilbao Sidelined Players

Barcelona
5 Sergio Busquets Injured
6 Denis Suarez Injured
2 Nelson Semedo Injured
25 Thomas Vermaelen Injured
9 Luis Suarez Suspended
Athletic Bilbao
17 Mikel Rico Injured
10 Iker Muniain Injured
5 Yeray Alvarez Injured
24 Mikel Balenziaga Injured

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Marc-Andre ter Stegen 187 85
20 LB Sergi Roberto 178 70
3 CD Gerard Pique 193 85
23 CD Samuel Umtiti 180 75
18 RB Jordi Alba 170 68
11 LM Ousmane Dembele 178 67
15 CM Paulinho 180 72
4 CM Ivan Rakitic 184 78
14 RM Philippe Coutinho 171 71
17 CF Francisco Alcacer 174 74
10 CF Lionel Messi 170 72
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Kepa Arrizabalaga 186 85
18 LB Oscar de Marcos 180 76
4 CD Inigo Martinez 181 77
12 CD Unai Nunez 186 -
3 RB Enric Saborit 186 72
14 CM Markel Susaeta 179 68
7 CDM Benat Etxebarria 175 72
6 CDM Mikel San Jose 186 77
22 CM Raul Garcia 183 80
15 CM Inigo Lekue 179 70
19 CF Sabin Merino 187 78