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Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Prediction & Match Preview

Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona
Spain – La Liga
Date: Wednesday, 6 January 2021
Kick-off at 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio San Mamés.

Estadio San Mames will host Wednesday’s postponed fixture between Athletic Club and Barcelona.

Barca are ten points behind league leaders Atletico Madrid ahead of the trip to the Basque Country, but their display in a hard-fought 1-0 win over Huesca is surely giving fans a reason for optimism.

Leo Messi, who provided an assist for Frankie De Jong at the weekend, will be the man to keep an eye on in the away team.

Even though Coutinho, Fati, Pique, Roberto, and Umtiti remain in the recovery room, away win should be considered.

France international Antoine Griezmann is pushing for a start for the Catalan giants.

The Lions quickly bounced back from a 1-0 to Real Sociedad, with the team beating Elche thanks to Iker Munian’s goal, but they face an uphill task in the midweek clash against Ronald Koeman’s troops. Alvarez, Lopez, and Nolaskoain are injured for the hosts.

Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Head-to-head (h2h)

Teams Athletic Bilbao Barcelona played so far 56 matches.
Athletic Bilbao won 8 direct matches. Barcelona won 36 matches. 12 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.91 goals per Match.

Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Prediction

Athletic Bilbao in actual season average scored 1.25 goals per match. In 6 (66.67%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 3 (33.33%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Barcelona average scored 2.12 goals per match in season 2021. In 7 (63.64%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 5 (45.45%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Team News:

Koeman is likely to make a number of changes to his Barcelona XI, including handing a recall to Antoine Griezmann.

Miralem Pjanic should get the nod over Sergio Busquets, while Francisco Trincao is in contention for his first league start of the campaign.

With Marcelino only having a couple of days to work with his new squad, it remains unclear whether alterations will be made to Athletic's strategy for this game.

If a switch is made to 4-4-2, Alex Berenguer and Iker Muniain could line up on opposite flanks, with Inaki Williams operating through the middle.

Athletic Bilbao possible starting lineup:
Simon; Capa, Nunez, Martinez, Berchiche; Berenguer, Vesga, Garcia, Muniain; Williams, Villalibre

Barcelona possible starting lineup:
Ter Stegen; Dest, Araujo, Lenglet, Alba; Pedro, Pjanic, De Jong; Messi, Griezmann, Dembele