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Athletic Bilbao vs FC Barcelona: Predictions and Betting Tips
Athletic started the season with a draw against Elche, as Marcelino Torral’s players were unable to generate enough chances to take all three points. For yet another season, it looks like Athletic will struggle to generate goal-scoring chances.
No signings have been made by Athletic this season, and they are the only team in LaLiga not to have strengthened their arsenal in this way; the only arrivals have been players from the reserve team or players who were on loan in other teams last season.
Athletic have now gone five games in a row without a win against Barcelona, comprising one draw and four defeats.
With Lionel Messi absent, there was a lot of pessimism heading into the game against Real Sociedad, but Barça showed that, even without the best player in their history, they can still secure a win with commanding authority. The match ended 4-2.
Standout performances came from Martin Braithwaite, who scored two goals and provided an assist, and newcomer Memphis Depay, who looked fully at-home with his new side.
In their last meeting against Athletic, Barça won 4-0 in the final of the Copa del Rey.
- Two wins, two draws, and one defeat for Athletic in their last five games
- Athletic have scored seven goals in their last five games
- Four wins and one defeat for Barcelona in their last five games
- Barcelona’s last five games have ended with at least three total match goals
Athletic Club vs FC Barcelona Predictions
Barça showed in their league opener that they are still a team with goal-scoring capabilities, who can dominate possession of the ball. In contrast, Athletic have continued the trend in recent seasons of problems in front of goal, and lacking players to direct the ball to the strikers. That is why we think Barça could win this match.
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