Athletic Bilbao vs FC Barcelona Soccer Betting Prediction
Bilbao vs Barca betting odds. The champion opens the La Liga season in the Basque Country. FC Barcelona are once again starting as favorites, but they have to defy the competition between the Madrid clubs Real and Atletico. Athletic Bilbao, meanwhile, missed last year’s eighth-minute international business and now wants to return to Europe.
Of the 205 previous duels between the two clubs, Barca has won more than half with 103. For Bilbao are in 34 draws only 68 successes to book. At home, however, the Basques with 46 wins, 21 draws and only 32 defeats but a clearly positive balance.
Athletic Bilbao- moment form, latest results, statistics
Almost traditionally, Athletic Bilbao’s squad has barely changed in the summer. While only actors from the second row went, the squad was completed only with players from their own offspring and with returnees of lending. While it is not excluded that in terms of new arrivals still something to do, but in any case, the team of coach Gaizka Garitano will start recorded in the season. The preparation of the Basques went well. After a loose 6: 1 against Arena Getxo and a 3: 3 against SC Paderborn was set with a 2-0 against Borussia Mönchengladbach a first exclamation point. A draw followed by CD Numancia (1-1) and West Ham United (2-2) before Racing Santander’s (1: 2) loss to their only deficit. After that a 2: 2 win at AS Roma and in the last test a 2: 1 win at CD Mirandes.
Lineup Athletic Bilbao
Coach Garitano has several alternatives in several positions, with the exception of youngster Gorka Guruzeta, who is expected to have all the players at the start. Garitano often faces tough decisions.
Probable lineup: Unai Simon – Capa, Alvarez, Inigo Martinez, Berchiche – San Jose, D. Garcia – Muniain, Raul Garcia, Cordoba – Williams
FC Barcelona- moment form, latest results, statistics
While there are still speculations surrounding the return of Neymar, Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong have two top new entrants. The other new – goalkeeper Neto, left-back Júnior Firpo and raised by the second team right-back Moussa Wague – to strengthen the squad in the width. The preparations started for FC Barcelona with a 2-1 loss to Chelsea, but victories over Vissel Kobe (2-0), Arsenal (2-1) and SSC Napoli (2-1) followed. At the dress rehearsal last Saturday Barca then played again against Napoli and set with a clear 4-0 win an exclamation point.
Lineup FC Barcelona
Lionel Messi, who was late in training because of Copa America, missed much of the preparation for a calf problem and is also missing in Bilbao. With Ousmane Dembele or Philippe Coutinho but strong alternatives are ready. Otherwise, all but substitute keeper Neto are likely to have all the players on board. Also last season long injured Rafinha is again an option.
Soccer Betting Prediction Athletic Bilbao vs FC Barcelona
Even without Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona have shown an outstanding early form last weekend. In Bilbao, the Catalans are therefore the clear favorite and will enter the first three points of the season with a normal performance.
Prediction Today: Win Barcelona