Athletic and Barcelona meet again after meeting on numerous occasions in recent months. Because they did it in the final of the last Spanish Super Cup, in which the Basque team surprised the Barça team 2-3. And they did it in the last final of the Copa del Rey where Barça thrashed Athletic with a double from Messi 0-4.
Now, the Argentine, a nightmare for the rojiblancos on more than one occasion, is no longer in the Barça team, but Koeman's men showed his offensive power in the 4-2 defeat of Real Sociedad. And it is that Memphis and Griezmann, and a Braithwaite who has uncovered himself if he maintains his level, are solid arguments for the Barcelona fans to harbor hope, and more considering that in the future they will also be able to count on Ansu Fati and Agüero.
For a club with such pedigree and ambition, Ath Bilbao possess a truly awful defensive record of late, failing to keep a clean sheet in eight consecutive LaLiga matches, as well as managing just two shutouts in 20 top-flight fixtures. As for Barcelona, they have both scored and conceded in six of their last eight games at this elite level.
Ath Bilbao vs Barcelona Prediction
Barcelona have every chance of going up this LaLiga season, with the Barcelona cause being helped by a seven-match unbeaten run on their travels that has included five wins out of six recently. Ath Bilbao come into this contest in pretty poor form, with the Ath Bilbao collecting just two points from a possible 15 as their campaign drifts towards a conclusion.
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