Prediction for Barcelona – Athletic Bilbao
Match corresponding to day 21 of LaLiga Santander where they will play Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao.
On the local side;
– Barcelona occupies the 2nd position of the league with 42 points from 60 possible. His current balance is 12 wins, 6 draws and 2 losses with 52 goals in favor and 18 against, being the team more scorer and the 4th less thrashing. They are 4 points behind Real Madrid at the expense of the postponed match that merengues have for the World Club Championship dispute in December. Underneath they find a Sevilla with the same points as the Culés and in the 4th position to an Atletico Madrid with 6 points less.
– They reach this meeting with 3 wins and 2 draws in their last 5 league games. His last defeat was on 5 January against Athletic Bilbao in the first leg of the round of the King’s Cup. This weekend they managed to save 1 point in the 90 in Benito Villaramin and I say save because the team coached by Victor dominated the whole encounter, except for the last 10 minutes (excluding play of the ghost goal).
– This year they are not being so strong at the Camp Nou but they still have good numbers. His balance in Barcelona is 5 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss with 23 goals in favor and 7 against.
– This Wednesday they have to play the first leg of the Copa del Rey semi-finals at the Vicente Calderón against Atletico Madrid. Due to this they are only going to have 2 days to prepare the match against Athletic and I am sure that LE is going to do rotations in the match liguero with the eye put in the party of return of the next Wednesday.
On the visitor side;
– Athletic are in 7th place in the league with 32 points. His current balance is 9 wins, 5 draws and 6 losses with 26 goals in favor and 22 against. They are on the edge of the European posts, their main objective, as they have Villarreal 2 points above them.
– They reach this meeting with 3 wins and 2 draws in their last 5 league games. This weekend they managed to overcome Sporting Gijon demonstrating that they will fight to the end to achieve the goals set in September. In this encounter the game of the equipment improved much with respect to the party disputed in Butarque 15 days ago where it seemed that it was playing the filial instead of the first equipment.
– Far from San Mamés they leave much to be desired, they do not have good numbers and they have certain stumblings that are depriving them of being higher in the qualifying table. His balance is of 2 victories, 2 ties and 5 defeats where they have scored 7 goals and have conceded 11.
– Athletic are eliminated from the Copa del Rey, therefore will have all week to prepare the game and will play with the usual, unlike Barcelona. By tradition, Athletic has always taken the matches against Barcelona with much more tension than normal and was reflected in the eliminatory of the knockout of the Glass of the King where the lions managed to win in San Mamés by 2-1 and fall by 3-1 in Barcelona in a game more disputed than I expected.
– There have been 27 matches since the last time Athletic lost by 3 or more goals (vs Sassuolo in Europa League).
H2 H2 O:
Barcelona 3-1 Athletic
Barcelona 3-1 Athletic
Barcelona 6-0 Athletic (expulsion Iraizon minute 5)
Barcelona 1-1 Athletic
Barcelona 2-0 Athletic
Barcelona 2-1 Athletic
This HA is 15 cents higher than in Bet365 and 8 more than in PAF (the other bookies still have markets).
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