Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Preview, Tips and Odds

Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona will open the new season in Spanish La Liga on Friday. The teams will meet at San Mames Stadium in Bilbao. Ernesto Valverde was coaching the Basque team for four years, prior to being appointed as Barcelona manager. The Catalan side will try everything within their powers to begin the defense of their title with a triumph.

Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Head to Head

Head to Head Last Game Last games Last games home/away
Athletic Bilbao Draw 3 W/ 4 D/ 13 L 3 W/ 1 D/ 6 L
Barcelona Draw 13 W/ 4 D/ 3 L 6 W/ 1 D/ 3 L

Last game between the teams: 10.02.2019 La Liga: Athletic Bilbao – Barcelona 0:0; Oscar de Marcos from the home side was sent off for two yellow cards in the 90′
Last game at this venue: 10.02.2019 La Liga: Athletic Bilbao – Barcelona 0:0; Oscar de Marcos from the home side was sent off for two yellow cards in the 90′

Worth mentioning: Both of the last two encounters between the two sides ended in draws. Barcelona are unbeaten in the last six meetings with Athletic Bilbao and recorded four victories in the process. Only one of the last five H2H clashes featured over 2,5 goals and also one witnessed goals at both ends, as the Catalans were able to register four clean sheets. None of the teams were able to score more than two goals in any of the last six games held in Bilbao.

Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Stats

As of 13.08 Last Game Last 10 games Last 5 games home/away
Athletic Bilbao Win 4 W/ 4 D/ 2 L 3 W/ 2 D/ 0 L
Barcelona Win 5 W/ 1 D/ 4 L 2 W/ 1 D/ 2 L

Last game Athletic Bilbao: 08.08.2019 Club Friendly: Mirandes – Athletic Bilbao 1:2; Matheus Aias 55′ (penalty); Aritz Aduriz 18′, Unai Nunez 51′
Next game Athletic Bilbao: 24.08.2019 La Liga: Getafe – Athletic Bilbao
Last game Barcelona: 11.08.2019 Club Friendly: Napoli – Barcelona 0:4; Luis Suarez 48′, 58′, Antoine Griezmann 56′, Ousmane Dembele 63′
Next game Barcelona: 25.08.2019 La Liga: Barcelona – Betis

Last 10 games GF:GA Over 2,5 BTTS Clean sheets
Athletic Bilbao 22:15 7 8 1
Barcelona 16:14 7 5 3

Worth mentioning: Athletic Bilbao lost only one of their eight pre-season friendlies. Each of the team’s last five outings saw both involved sides to find the back of the nets, while all but one of those produced over 2,5 goals. Athletic are unbeaten in eleven consecutive matches at home.
Barcelona ended their summer preparation for the new season with back-to-back victories over Napoli. Antoine Griezmann scored his first goal in the famous blue and red shirt, but Lionel Messi is still not firing on all cylinders. All but one of Barca’s last five matches featured over 2,5 goals and three games witnessed goals at both ends.

Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona News

Missing players Athletic Bilbao: Gorka Guruzeta and Ibai Gomez are injured.
Missing players Barcelona: Neto is injured. Lionel Messi is under question.

Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Predictions

Both teams to score & over 2,5 goals – 2.10 @ bet365