Athletic Club
Athletic Club
VS
FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona
Spain
Spain
Primera División
21.08.2021
22:00
Ended
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MATCH ABOUT TO START
San Mamés
Bilbao

Betting tips & odds comparison 21.08.2021 Athletic Club Bilbao - FC Barcelona

Betting Tip for matchday 2 of the 2021/2022 Primera División between Athletic Club Bilbao and FC Barcelona. The game will be played at San Mamés (Bilbao, Spain) on 21.08.2021 at 22:00.

Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona, La Liga, 21.08.2021

Barcelona will be looking to continue their sizzling start to life without Lionel Messi in La Liga when they travel to Athletic Bilbao on Saturday night.

A thrilling 4-2 win over Real Sociedad on opening day underlined the quality they still possess. Athletic meantime were held to a barren draw by Elche in their opener.

We expect an interesting game here and we will take a look at Betway Welcome Bonus prices for our betting tips in this preview.

ATHLETIC BILBAO

Athletic finished in 10th in La Liga last season, well behind the top six European football qualification places. They have barely made any trades in the summer so it remains to be seen whether they can move up the ranks this season.

The Basque outfit traveled to Elche in the first match of this new season and they were forced to share the spoils in a fairly dour goalless draw.

This has been a tough fixture for them in recent times as they have lost the last 3 league matches to Barcelona. They also lost the Copa Del Rey final last season to them. It could be a rough start to the season for Marcellino’s side with Atletico Madrid up next.

 

 

BARCELONA

There were a lot of unknowns ahead of Barcelona’s opening league match in light of the seismic developments in the club this summer that culminated in the exit of their talismanic forward Lionel Messi who has signed for French giants PSG. Ronald Koeman’s side however answered some of the concerns with a comfortable 4-2 win over Real Sociedad.

There only finished third in La Liga behind their Madrid-based rivals Atletico and Real Madrid. They also crashed out of the Champions League but saved some face by winning the Copa Del Rey.

Barcelona faithful are a demanding lot though, given the success they have had in recent years. A solid start to the season will probably help their cause as they failed to challenge for the title last season largely due to a sluggish start to the season.

 

 

Possible Line Ups

ATHLETIC BILBAO BARCELONA
  • Agirrezabala
  • Balenziaga
  • Martinez
  • Vivian
  • de Marcos
  • Muniain
  • García
  • Vencedor
  • Remiro
  • Williams
  • Sancet
  • Coach: Marcelino Garcia Toral
  • Neto
  • Dest
  • Araujo
  • García
  • Alba
  • De Jong
  • Busquets
  • Pedri
  • Griezmann
  • Braithwaite
  • Depay
  • Coach: Ronald Koeman
Injured: Córdoba (Knee), Nolaskoain (Ankle), Capa (Muscle), Kodro (Knee), Berchiche (Groin) and Piqué (Calf), Wagué (Tendon), Fati (Muscle), Mingueza (Muscle), Agüero (Calf), Dembélé (Knee), ter Stegen (Knee)

 

ATHLETIC BILBAO VS BARCELONA MATCH FORECAST AND BETTING TIPS

Barcelona impressed on the opening weekend against a decent Real Sociedad team. Gerard Pique, Martin Braithwaite and Sergi Roberto were on the scoresheet in that 4-2 success at Camp Nou as they ran them out of town, possibly fueled by the pre-match talk surrounding them. They showed they still quality within their rank and file and they can certainly challenge for honors, despite Messi’s departure. We expect a close game here but we fancy the Catalans to just about shade it and pick all three points on offer @ 1.90 as our initial betting prediction.

 

Athletic Bilbao vs FC Barcelona La Liga betting tip

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One question that still remains as far as this Barcelona squad is concerned is their defence. Going back to last season, they have now conceded 2+ goals in 7 of their last 10 La Liga games. With Pique set to miss this match with a calf injury, it is inconceivable to see how they can keep a clean sheet here. Bilbao have struggled to find the back of the net but we fancy them to end the drought here. Over 0.5 Bilbao goals is priced @ 1.44 with Betway betting app as our final shout.

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Our tips

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Performance

Athletic Club
Athletic Club
Last games

Athletic Club performance of the last 4 home matches

Victories
50%
Over 2.5
50%
FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona
Last games

FC Barcelona performance of the last 6 away matches

Victories
33%
Over 2.5
50%

Current Standing

POS TEAM PTS MP W D L GF GA GD
0
1
Real Madrid
Real Madrid CF
30 13 9 3 1 32 14 18
0
2
Real Sociedad
Real Sociedad de Futbol
29 14 8 5 1 19 10 9
0
3
Sevilla FC
Sevilla FC
28 13 8 4 1 23 9 14
0
4
Atlético Madrid
Atlético de Madrid
26 13 7 5 1 22 13 9
0
5
Betis Sevilla
Real Betis Sevilla
24 14 7 3 4 22 17 5
0
6
Rayo Vallecano
Rayo Vallecano
24 15 7 3 5 23 16 7
0
7
FC Barcelona
FC Barcelona
23 14 6 5 3 23 16 7
0
8
Athletic Club
Athletic Club Bilbao
20 14 4 8 2 13 10 3
1
9
Valencia FC
Valencia CF
19 15 4 7 4 22 21 1
1
10
CA Osasuna
C. A. Osasuna
19 14 5 4 5 14 18 -4
0
11
Espanyol Barcelona
RCD Espanyol
17 14 4 5 5 14 14 0
0
12
Villarreal CF
Villarreal CF
16 14 3 7 4 16 16 0
2
13
Celta Vigo
RC Celta de Vigo
16 15 4 4 7 16 19 -3
1
14
RCD Mallorca
RCD Mallorca
16 15 3 7 5 14 22 -8
1
15
Deportivo Alavés
Club Deportivo Alavés
14 14 4 2 8 11 19 -8
1
16
Granada FC
Granada CF
12 14 2 6 6 14 22 -8
1
17
Cádiz CF
Cádiz CF
12 14 2 6 6 12 23 -11
0
18
Elche CF
Elche CF
11 14 2 5 7 11 20 -9
0
19
Getafe CF
Getafe FC
10 15 2 4 9 10 19 -9
0
20
Levante
Levante UD
7 14 0 7 7 12 25 -13
Legend
  • Champions League
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