2019-20 Spanish Primera – Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When does Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao kick off? Tuesday 23rd June, 2020 – 21:00 (UK)

Where is Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao being played? Camp Nou

Where can I get tickets for Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao? No tickets are available as these matches are being played behind closed doors

What TV channel is Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao on in the UK? This match will be televised live on LaLigaTV (Sky channel 435, Virgin channel 554) for those with a Premier Sport subscription

Where can I stream Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao in the UK? Premier Sport subscribers in the UK can stream the match live via a Premier Player subscription

bet365 customers may be able to stream this match live via their website and you can check their schedule here

THE TEAM NEWS

BARCELONA

Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Busquets, Vidal, Arthur; Messi, Suarez, Griezmann

Unavailable: Dembele (Injured), De Jong (Injured), Sergi Roberto (Injured)

Doubtful: Pique (Injured)

ATHLETIC BILBAO

Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Unai Simon; Ander Capa, Yeray Alvarez, Inigo Martinez, Balenziaga; Dani Garcia, Unai Lopes; Inigo Cordoba, Raul Garcia, Muniain; Inaki Williams

Unavailable: Yuri (Suspended), Ibai Gomez (Injured), Benat (Injured)

Doubtful:

KEY STATS

  • Barcelona have won 25 and drawn 2 of their last 27 home league matches
  • Barcelona have kept a clean sheet in their last 4 league matches
  • Barcelona have been winning at both half-time and full-time in 5 of their last 7 home league matches
  • Barcelona have won to nil in each of their last 3 home league matches
  • Lionel Messi has scored in 9 of Barcelona’s last 12 home league matches
  • There have been under 2.5 goals scored in each of the last 5 meetings between Barcelona and Athletic Club in all competitions
  • Athletic Club are unbeaten in their last 4 matches against Barcelona in all competitions
  • Athletic Club are unbeaten in their last 5 matches in all competitions
  • Athletic Club have kept a clean sheet in each of their last 3 matches against Barcelona in all competitions
  • There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Athletic Club’s last 4 away league games
  • Athletic Club have scored the first goal in each of their last 6 league matches
  • Athletic Club have scored during the first half in 5 of their last 6 league matches

THE PREDICTION

Barcelona were frustrated by Sevilla at the weekend and Real Madrid’s subsequent win has seen them usurped in top spot. They have to get back to winning ways immediately and that will not be easy against this tough Athletic side. The visitors are unbeaten in their last five and they did manage to beat Barca in the reverse fixture back in August. This will be a different challenge however at the Camp Nou and the urgency in the Barca ranks should just about top this game in their favour but this will be a complicated game for them.

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