Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Match Info
Date: Friday August 16 2019
Kick-off time: 8.00pm BST
Venue: San Mames Stadium
Referee: Carlos Del Cerro Grande
Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Head-To-Head Record
Last 4 matches
February 10 2019: Athletic Bilbao 0-0 Barcelona
September 29 2018: Barcelona 1-1 Athletic Bilbao
March 18 2018: Barcelona 2-0 Athletic Bilbao
October 28 2017: Athletic Bilbao 0-2 Barcelona
Total head-to-head league matches played since 1993-94: 52
Athletic Bilbao wins: 34
Barcelona wins: 7
Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Stats
- Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 11 La Liga matches against Athletic Bilbao
- Athletic Club have failed to score in their latest four league games at home to Barcelona…
- …and they have scored in only two of the last 10 league meetings between these clubs
Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Match Preview
Lionel Messi may be absent, but Barcelona still possess more than enough quality to launch their La Liga title defence with a comfortable victory in Bilbao on Friday.
The Argentine maestro, who has endured more international disappointment this summer at the Copa America, has a calf strain and Barca manager Ernesto Valverde has said: “He is in the recovery process and I don’t know if he will be ready for the start of La Liga.”
But the Spanish champions have, of course, signed Antoine Griezmann and at the time of writing on Tuesday afternoon, they were edging closer to bringing back Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain, possibly in some sort of loan swap deal in a situation that has become a farce.
In pre-season, Barcelona lost their opening friendly match against Chelsea in Japan but have since beaten Vissel Kobe, Arsenal and, in the United States, Napoli twice with Luis Suarez bagging a double in the latest 4-0 victory over the Italian side.
Athletic Bilbao missed out on European football this term on the head-to-head rule having finished level on points with seventh-placed Espanyol, while this week they pinned down their exciting forward Inaki Williams to a remarkable new NINE-year contract.
As the stats above reveal, Athletic Club, as they prefer to be known, have struggled to score league goals against Barcelona in recent years and this may well be another routine success for the La Liga champions.
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Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Betting Tips
Barcelona to win and over 1.5 goals in the match @ Evens with Coral
Barcelona to win to nil @ 21/10 with Coral