Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao will meet in the 20th round of the La Liga. Barcelona plays in solid form and takes third place in the table. Bilbao is playing phenomenally, they are showing strength, and the goal this season is to fight for the Europa League.
January 31st, 2021 – 21:00
Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao Betting Tips & Predictions
Reason for Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao Predictions
It is increasingly looking hard for Barcelona to mount a successful title challenge after a tough season. They are 10 points behind Atletico Madrid, who have played a game lesser. This match comes just under two weeks after these sides’ faceoff in the Super Cup when Barca lost 3-2, and Messi was sent off. It will be the third meeting between the two this season. Messi has since returned and scored against Rayo Vallecano in the 2-1 win in Copa del Rey. Barcelona beat Athletic Club 3-2 in the earlier league meeting this season. They go to this clash unbeaten in nine league matches, with seven wins. The Catalan side has scored at least two goals in each of the last three games and is unbeaten in the previous six home matches in the league. Ousmane Dembele is a guy who makes a lot of trouble for the opponent on the right. He has speed and is unstoppable in a one-on-one game. Pedri showed that he is a great reinforcement, he moves well and cooperates with the attackers, all praise for him. Messi is a master of football, and it is a pleasure to watch the wizard with the ball.
The visiting side has no clean sheet in the six but has scored at least twice in the six. Their fighting spirit has not been in doubt by the fact they have come from behind in the last four matches and won. However, it means they also lack defensive discipline. Their form in the league is not very encouraging, though; they have three wins and only two clean sheets in the last ten league matches. Away from home in the league, Athletic are winless in seven. They actually have one win and six losses in 10 away league matches. They will have lesser worries with Raul Garcia fit in terms of attack – he has scored five in the last five games. Muniain has excellent control of the ball, and he can play in several positions. Asier Villalibre enjoys the pitch, and when he receives the ball and heads towards the goal, the opponent has problems. He does great in the penalty area.
Barcelona wants revenge for the Super Cup final where they were defeated. They have no right to make a mistake in this match if they’re going to remain in the title race.
We can expect a big fight between these two teams, and both of them should be able to score. We don’t believe either side will keep the clean sheet.