Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao

La Liga

BAR vs ATH MATCH PREVIEW:

Barcelona host Ernesto Valverde’s former team Athletic Bilbao in the La Liga match at Camp Nou. The Blaugrana are 1st in the table, 8 points better off than Atletico Madrid who will be traveling to Villarreal for their league match.

The Catalan giant are unbeaten in league campaign so far, and this envious streak doesn’t seem to end against Bilbao who are struggling for results this campaign. Valverde’s incredible job with the Basque side is more evident after he left for Barcelona as, under their new coach Jose Angel Ziganda, they are wrestling for results, and have accumulated only 35 points in 28 games while winning only 8 league games this campaign. As a result, another managerial change is expected at Sam Memes stadium in the summer.

Barcelona made the light work of Chelsea in the Champions League where Lionel Messi once again showed that why he is at par with every footballer in the world. But the game was a good reflection about Ernesto Valverde’s tactics this season. It’s not a tiki-taka or an artistic approach kind of football anymore. But his tactics are built around direct and quick counter-attacking football, with Messi at the top of everything this team does.

 

MATCH DETAILS:

When: March 18th, 08:45 PM IST

Where: Camp Nou, Barcelona

Capacity- 99,354

 

Recent wins (Last six matches)

Barcelona – L L D L W L

Athletic Bilbao – D L W W L W

 

BAR vs ATH TEAM NEWS:

Barcelona:

Ernesto Valverde will be forced to make some changes to his starting XI as Luis Suarez is suspended while Sergio Busquets, Denis Suarez, Nelson Semedo and Sergi Samper are all injured.

Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho are expected to start getting fresh chances to impress out wide.

PROBABLE XI

Stegen (GK); Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba, Dembele, Iniesta, Rakitic, Coutinho, Messi, Alcacer

 

Athletic Bilbao:

Iker Muniain is definitely out of the match because of injury. While Mikel Balenziaga, Mikel Rico, and Yeray Alvarez are doubtful for this intimidating clash against Barcelona.

PROBABLE XI

Arrizabalaga (GK); Marcos, Nunez, Martinez, Balenziaga, Jose, Etxebarria, Susaeta, Garcia, Williams, Aduriz

 

Competition History-

Barcelona –  24 La Liga titles

Athletic Bilbao- Eight times La Liga Champions.

 

Head 2 Head- 62 meetings in official matches

Barcelona- 41

Athletic Bilbao- 09

Draws: 12

 

Key Players:

Barcelona – Messi, Dembele, Coutinho

Athletic Bilbao – Garcia, Aduriz, Williams

 

Some Statistics-

  1. Barcelona are on an eight-game winning streak against Bilbao. While at Camp Nou, the Blaugrana have won their last four games, scoring 3 or more in those games.
  2. Athletic Bilbao are on a 21 game winless streak in an away game against Barcelona.
  3. Lionel Messi has 16 goals to his name in the 18 games he played against athletic Bilbao- A big reason why you should name him your captain for your fantasy team.

 

INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:

It’s hard to look beyond a Barcelona win in this match. Athletic Bilbao’s form this season and their record at Camp Nou is so poor that the home team may not even need to use their second gear to get all three points.

We are backing a comfortable home win in this match- So choose your fantasy team wisely-

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NOTE: THIS BAR VS ATH MATCH PREVIEW IS BASED ON OUR RESEARCH AND UNDERSTANDING FROM VARIOUS NEWS SOURCES. YOU CAN SELECT YOUR OWN PLAYING 11 ON THE BASIS OF TEAM NEWS.