Athletic Bilbao – Barcelona, La Liga Prediction
ANALYSIS AND PREDICTION FOR ATHLETIC BILBAO - BARCELONA
Athletic Bilbao has almost the same lineup last season. This summer, there wasn’t much money left for them like in previous seasons. Several aging and unnecessary players left with a free transfer. Basically the new players are returning football players and youngsters from the B team. Recently, Bilbao’s problems are mainly in the defense, where they often leave their opponents uncovered in set pieces, mostly.
Barcelona complete a very good lineup. Griezmann was attracted to the summer, as was Frenkie de Jong, which was clear from before. It is interesting how Messi, Suarez, Griezmann and Dembele will perform in attack and who will play. A buyer is urgently looking for Coutinho. A barter for Neymar with PSG is expected, which would make the Catalans attack explosive.
Expert view : As Athletic has difficulty defending, we believe that the guests will score goals. Barcelona are in good shape and enter the season as champion. Their defense has improved significantly with Valverde in recent seasons, but it is also because of the style of play he professes. We also see a 1-0 win for Barca, which was often the case when they were visiting here. Prediction – Barcelona to win at 1.70.
Barcelona have 9 wins in their last 12 games against Bilbao
Barca have 4 straight wins in the league
BILBAO TEAM NEWS
Inigo Martinez (33/0 D), Inigo Cordoba (23/0 M), Ibai Gómez (14/0 M), Íñigo Lekue (4/0 D) are out.
BARCELONA TEAM NEWS
Leo Messi (34/36 F), Arturo Vidal (33/3 M), Arthur Melo (27/0 M) are out.