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Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao: La Liga Preview and Predicted Line-up

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La Liga is back for the second matchday and we have a standout fixture on Sunday as FC Barcelona faces Athletic Bilbao away from home. The Catalans come into this match with a comfortable 4-2 win against Real Sociedad. Whereas, the Basque outfit are coming with a disappointing goalless draw against Elche.

Barcelona are showing strong gameplay despite losing Messi this summer. They had a total 13 shots of which 8 of them were on target. While they dictated the pace of the game in the last match with 62% possession and 88% pass accuracy. And Ronald Koeman will hope the same confidence as they play Athletic Bilbao this Sunday.

Athletic hoping to get a good start in La Liga was held for 0-0 against Elche. The Basque outfit seemed to lack confidence in the pitch as they couldn’t get past Elche’s goal line. They had a total of 9 shots in which only 3 were on target. While they had only 49% of possession with 373 passes in the whole match.

We have a standout fixture on Sunday between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao

Despite judging both the teams from their last performances, it is impossible to say who will come shinning against each other. So, for seeing that we will have to wait until Sunday at 1:30 am. But before that, we can look into the match preview, team news, and predicted line-up, and scoreline.

Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao: Match Preview

The last time both the teams faced each other was in the Copa Del Ray final of the 2020/21 season. In which Barcelona brutally thrashed Athletic Bilbao with a 4-0 scoreline to lift the Copa Del Ray trophy. However Athletic won the Spanish Super Cup trophy against Barcelona in January 2021.

As we look forward to the match between these two we can see Barcelona having an upper hand due to their new signings. Memphis Depay has been impressive in the last couple of matches for the Catalans. While Eric Garcia has also been strong in the last line of defense. Whereas, Athletic have almost the same old team as last season due to their restricted transfer window.

Now, some facts, the Catalans have won their last 12 away games out of the 14 they have played in La Liga. While they scored over 2.5 goals in their last 8 out of 10 matches in La Liga. Whereas Athletic Bilbao has failed to win their last 5 matches in La Liga. While they have under 2.5 goals in their last 4 games in La Liga.

Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao: Team News

Barcelona

The Catalans have a quite number of injuries as they head to Bilbao for their first away league of the season. The injured list includes Oscar Mingueza, Sergio Aguero, Ansu Fati, Ousmane Dembele, and Marc ter Stegen. However, Koeman has a lot of influential players who can win the match for him.

Injured: Oscar Mingueza, Sergio Aguero, Ansu Fati, Ousmane Dembele and Marc ter Stegen

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Athletic Bilbao

As similar to Barcelona, the Basque outfit have also a number of players missing for their league’s first home game. The injured list includes Yuri Berchiche, Peru Nolaskoain, Kenan Kodro, Inigo Cordoba, and Alex Petxarroman. While Ander Capa is doubtful for the match. However, Athletic will be boosted with the return of Raul Garcia from the suspension.

Injured: Yuri Berchiche, Peru Nolaskoain, Kenan Kodro, Inigo Cordoba and Alex Petxarroman

Doubtful: Ander Capa

Suspension: None

Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao: Predicted Line-up and Scoreline

Barcelona Predicted XI (4-3-3):-  Neto; Sergino Dest, Eric Garcia, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba; Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Pedri; Antoine Griezmann, Martin Braithwaite, Memphis Depay

Athletic Bilbao Predicted XI (4-4-2):-  Julen Agirrezabala; Oscar De Marcos, Yeray Alvarez, Inigo Martinez, Mikel Balenziaga; Alex Berenguer, Dani Garcia, Unai Vencedor, Iker Muniain; Oihan Sancet, Inaki Williams

Barcelona 2-1 Athletic Bilbao

Following Barcelona’s recent form in their last few matches and the dominance over Athletic Bilbao in past, it seems a 2-1 win for the Catalans. However, Athletic could give a hard time to Barcelona as they did in Spanish Super Cup.

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