31st January 2021 – 21:00, Camp Nou, Barcelona
Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao will wrap up Sunday’s action in the La Liga 21st round. The home side will search for revenge for the Super Cup defeat, while the visitors want to continue their winning streak.
Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao Match Preview & Team News
Barcelona struggles this season, and they cannot find consistency in this campaign. Despite their four wins in a row in La Liga, the hosts haven’t been so convincing. Barca is 10 points behind Atletico Madrid, with their title rivals having a game in hand. Ronald Koeman’s side suffered four defeats in the first half of the campaign, and that’s too much for a team of such reputation. Leo Messi and the lads struggled in the Copa del Rey eight-finals against the Segunda side Rayo Vallecano. Nevertheless, they managed to turn around the result in the last 20 minutes after trailing 1:0. The home side is fourth on the table, and they didn’t celebrate at Camp Nou twice in a row. Barcelona needs to extend its winning streak to earn the chance of getting back into the title race.
Athletic Bilbao has been on an excellent run lately, as they booked five wins in a row in all competitions. The away side managed to beat Barcelona just two weeks ago in the Super Cup finals. Marcelino Garcia Toral’s side won that trophy deservedly, after being better against both Real Madrid and Barca. Inaki Williams and the lads are marching in Copa del Rey as well. They came back after being 1:0 down against Alcoyano to claim a place in the quarter-finals. Although things didn’t go very well in La Liga, the latest 5:1 victory against Getafe seems encouraging. Athletic Bilbao sits in the middle of the table, but they can enter the continental spot battle. The Basque side just needs to keep up where they left off, as they are five points behind Real Sociedad and with one game in hand. This match will be a real character test for them, and they want to get back home with at least a point.
Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction
Barcelona hasn’t been too convincing lately, but they have the chance to level up with Real Madrid in case of a victory. We believe the hosts will meet the expectations and get another important three points.
Goals Market Prediction
Athletic Bilbao has been pretty efficient lately, and they won’t come to Barcelona with a white flag. We believe both sides are capable of scoring at least once.
Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao
Barcelona to win @ 1.45
BTTS Yes @ 1.75
Correct score 2:1 @ 8.00