Sports Ticket: Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona La Liga Tips, Prediction and Preview
The Basque club recorded a 1-0 win at home the last match-day, against Elche. In the meantime, Koeman’s men registered a 0-1 win on the road against Huesca.
Going on, Los Leones were winless in 18 of their former 25 overall fixtures, and they had lost two of their past four appearances at home.
On the other hand, their counterparts are on a six-fixture unbeaten run, and they had won four of their preceding five games on the road as well.
On top of that, the Catalans had recorded 33 of the past 39 overall h2h wins, and they had posted 15 of the former 21 face-to-face wins at this stadium.
Taking into account these observations, and most importantly considering the fact that Bilbao will be lining up under a brand new manager – expect Barcelona to dominate proceedings this Wednesday at the Estadio San Mamés.
The Catalans seem to be slowly returning to their earlier form. The scorecards have not been that huge, but still performances on the pitch are slowly improving.
The fact that the presidential elections are just three weeks away, is slowly rejuvenating the players to give their utmost best.
As of now, they are placed fifth in the table, and have scored the most number of goals in the competition.
Meanwhile, the state of the Basque club is not that promising. Gaizka Garitano was just sacked, and the team appointed a new manager. And in two days’ time, they will have to line up for a match against one of the best teams in the world.
Right away Ronald Koeman’s men emerge as the favorites. Moreover, they also have a good h2h record against this opponent over the years, and on top of that, they are determined to get back to their earlier form.
By the looks of things, expect a strong performance from Barcelona.
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.
Series: Spain – La Liga 2020-21
Match: Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona
Date: Wednesday, 06 January 2020,
Venue: Estadio San Mamés
Time: 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET / 01:00 PST
HEAD to HEAD:
- The latest encounter had ended in a 1-0 for the Catalans.
- They had recorded 33 of the preceding 39 overall wins.
- They had kept clean sheets in five of the past eight clashes.
- At this venue, the guests had posted 15 of the past 21 wins.
- The hosts had failed to score in four of the former eight meetings.
Probable Starting 11 Players:
Athletic Bilbao: Simon; Capa, Nunez, Martinez, Berchiche; Berenguer, Vesga, Garcia, Muniain; Williams, Villalibre
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Dest, Araujo, Lenglet, Alba; Pedro, Pjanic, De Jong; Messi, Griezmann, Dembele
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