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Koeman’s men had recorded a win via penalties in the semis, against Sociedad. Meanwhile, Marcelino Toral’s men registered a 1-2 win against Real Madrid in their semi-final match-up.
Going on though, the Catalans have recorded 34 of the former 40 overall h2h wins, and they are also on a nine-game unbeaten run at the moment. They have also won seven of these nine fixtures.
On the other hand, their counterparts were winless in seven of their preceding ten overall games, and they have won just twice on the road since July of 2020.
Taking into account these observations, and the desperation of Koeman’s men to win a title, expect Barcelona to deliver a win this Sunday. Moreover, with Lionel Messi about to return from his injury, the chances of Barca increase furthermore.
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The Catalans need a title at any cost at present. After all they have gone through in the past few seasons, things have finally started to look bright for them.
Ousmane Dembele has returned to form, and so has their talisman Lionel Messi (though currently he is under treatment for a minor injury).
Importantly, players have bought into the philosophy of new manager Ronald Koeman, and as further good news, after years of turmoil, Joan Laporta seems well equipped to become president of the club once again.
The team is going through a great spell at the moment, and they are on the cusp of a much-needed winners’ medal this Sunday.
The reason being, the Basque club are going through an unimpressive run as of now, and have been conceding goals in plenty.
They have also been a terrible performer on the road for the past several months, and most importantly, Koeman’s men have a phenomenal h2h record against this rival over the years.
Considering these observations, expect Barcelona to win the Super Cup this Sunday.
Barca will again be without the services of Philippe Coutinho, Gerard Pique, Sergi Roberto and Ansu Fati through injury, but Lionel Messi could return from the hamstring issue that forced him to miss the semi-final.
Sergino Dest was also left out of the XI against Sociedad due to a slight issue, but the summer arrival should return, taking the place of Oscar Mingueza in the process.
Koeman is expected to resist the temptation to shuffle his pack on Sunday, meaning that Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele should retain their spots in attack, with Martin Braithwaite expected to be the player to drop out to allow Messi to return to the side.
As for Athletic, Unai Lopez and Peru Nolaskoain remain unavailable for selection through injury, while Yuri Berchiche is still a doubt, meaning that Mikel Balenziaga should continue at left-back.
It would not be a surprise to see Marcelino select the same XI that took to the field against Madrid, with Inaki Williams joining Raul Garcia in the final third, where there should also be spots for Iker Muniain and Oscar de Marcos in the wide positions.
Mikel Vesga and Alex Berenguer are options for change in midfield, but Unai Vencedor should again get the nod alongside Dani Garcia in the middle of the park.
Series: Spain – Super Cup 2020-21
Match: Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao
Date: Sunday, 18 January 2020.
Venue: Estadio de La Cartuja
Time: 20:00 UK/ 21:00 CET / 01:00 PST
HEAD to HEAD:
- The Catalans had won 12 of the previous 14 overall wins.
- They have scored three or more goals in five of the preceding eight meetings.
- They had kept clean sheets in four of the former six encounters.
- The guests have a 100% winning record at this stadium in the past decade, barring just two fixtures.
Probable Starting 11 Players:
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Dest, Araujo, Lenglet, Alba; Busquets, De Jong; Griezmann, Pedri, Dembele; Messi
Athletic Bilbao: Simon; Capa, Nunez, Martinez, Balenziaga; De Marcos, Vencedor, D Garcia, Muniain; Williams, R Garcia
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