Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Predictions
The match between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona at San Mames is the only one scheduled for La Liga mid-week action. Catalan giants have returned to winning ways with a narrow 1-0 win on the road against Huesca. Can they do something similar against much stronger and consistent opponent?
6th January 2021 – 20:00
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Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Predictions & Betting Tips
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Match Preview & Team News
As you probably know, Barcelona have had the worst start to domestic campaign this season since 1980. Three victories in the last five appearances have slightly improved the standings, moving them up to the 5th place. Still, the gap between Koeman’s squad and 1st placed Atletico Madrid is just huge at ten points. Is it too late for Barca to catch up and enter the title race? Bilbao have shown ability to battle against big guns’ numerous times in the past few years. Read on our La Liga betting tips and predictions below.
Current Form And Home & Away Performances
The most popular Basque squad is entering this clash from solid 9th place after gathering 21 points in 17 encounters. The main reason why Bilbao is still not competing for top six spots is awful performance on the road. So far they have only one victory in nine appearances, while situation at San Mames is better. At this venue Athletic have five wins and three losses. On average they score around 1.40 goals per La Liga game as hosts.
As mentioned above Barcelona have had so many weird slip ups in the last two months. The most recent one happened against Eibar at home 1-1 FT, as well as against Valencia at Camp Nou 2-2 FT. Another bad news for Koeman is that Philippe Coutinho suffered a nasty injury and will surely be off the pitch for at least one month.
Goals Markets Betting Preview
It was quite shocking to find that last seven head to head encounters between these two teams have ended Under 2.5 FT. Since Barca are miles away from good scoring form, we will back this option at 1/1.
Athletic Bilbao have lost only one out of the last five duels versus Barca at San Mames, so we see massive value in backing them with a double chance on Wednesday night.
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