Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao Prediction and Betting Preview 23 June 2020

The Match Is Over. Score: 1-0
Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao PredictionHaving slumped against Sevilla last time out, Barcelona effectively relinquished top-spot to arch-rivals Real Madrid, once again. It has been very interesting watching these two sides tussle for the La Liga title with both sides giving their all to lay claim to the trophy.
Match status: 2019-20 La Liga - Matchweek 31
Kick-off:
Venue: Camp Nou (Barcelona)
Level on points with Los Blancos on 65 points, the Blaugrana trail their rivals based on h2h clashes. From the look of things, the La Liga title race is likely to go right down to the wire. The next couple of games will be crucial in deciding which of these two teams lift the trophy at the end of the season.

As Barcelona look to defend their league title, they will be relying on Argentinian maestro Lionel Messi to lead them to success. This is one player capable of changing the whole complexion of a football game singlehandedly.

Now, scheduled to take on Europa League faithful Athletic Bilbao this Tuesday, expect the Blaugrana to turn in a performance of the highest quality to seal all three points. ATH have to tread with caution to avoid being victims of a backlash from the wounded Spanish giants.

Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao Team News

To be honest, Barcelona have not been entirely convincing this season but are still in the running for the league title. Having already lost twice to title challengers Real Madrid, it is fair to say Los Blancos have been the more superior of the two.

Looking to fend off any threats from Los Blancos, Barcelona made their way to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan to take on Sevilla with every intent on clinching maximum points in unfamiliar territory. An action-packed affair it was in Seville as both sides went all out for the win.

Profligacy cost them in the end as each side headed home with a single point in the bag. Messi was kept quiet throughout the game by the Sevilla’s sturdy defense, preventing him from causing any havocs. Ultimately, a goalless draw was played out with Barca plummeting down the log.

In their bid to break into the elite top-six mix, Athletic Bilbao played host to Real Betis, the former looking to post all three points on the board. Dominating proceedings throughout the game, Bilbao looked the better side and never really looked like losing.

Having begun the game on the front foot, Martinez fired the home side ahead inside seven minutes, setting Bilbao on the path to a comfortable victory. However, Betis remained sturdy at the back for the remainder of the game, preventing any more goals as Bilbao clinched a narrow 1-0 victory.

For this fixture, Barcelona will be hoping to use the Camp Nou factor to their advantage. This season, they have turned this ground into something of a fortress. Impressively, they have not lost a single game on this ground so far and are on a seven-game winning streak at this venue.

Also, the Blaugrana have not conceded a single goal in each of their last three home fixtures. In fact, they have kept clean sheets in the previous four games across all competitions.

Meanwhile, Bilbao have remained unbeaten in each of their previous four games on the bounce. They have conceded goals in four of their preceding five league games. Worryingly for Garitano’s charges, they have registered a measly two wins from their 15 away league games.
 

Injured or Suspended Players

Barcelona: Ousmane Dembele, Sergi Roberto, Frenkie de Jong, Arda Turan, Arturo Vidal and Sergio Busquets.

Athletic Bilbao: Yuri Berchiche.
 

Pre-Match Odds

Barcelona: 1.37
Draw: 5.45
Athletic Bilbao: 9.6

All odds are with 1xBet and are subject to change.

Who will win the match?

Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao Predictions

Lionel Messi’s ego has been hit massively. The Argentine star will be looking to spur his side to victory here to return to winning ways. Given Bilbao’s horrific form on the road, they are very likely to struggle at the Nou Camp this Tuesday.

Definitely, Barcelona are winning this one. Since a home win is priced really low by the bookies, we fancy the Blaugrana to register two or more goals here. Also, a “home win to nil” seem a very safe punt.
Our Betting Tip:
Barca Over 2.5 @ 2.36
Correct Score:
Barcelona 3-0 Athletic Bilbao @ 9.00

Predicted Score-Related Betting Tips

Match Winner:
Barcelona Win @ 1.37
Over/Under:
Over 2.5 @ 1.69
Team Goals:
Home Over 2.5 @ 2.36
Goalscorer:
Messi to Score @ 1.53
Half Time:
HT/FT - 1/1 @ 2.00
Handicap:
Home -1.5 AH @ 2.07
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