Barcelona vs Atletic Bilbao Match Preview
Barcelona is atop the La Liga standings and this weekend they hit the road to face fifth place side Athletic Bilbao.
No surprise that Barca is the betting favorite in this match, but Athletic Bilbao, who defeated Malaga in a Monday night match, has only one loss in their last seven La Liga encounters.
[custom:Bet365-link] has Barcelona posted at -188 with Athletic Bilbao at +450 and a draw line of +333. The Barcelona vs Atletico Bilbao matchup report shows one-sided action over the years between these teams with no Barca losses to Bilbao in the past 10 meetings.
Athletic Bilbao will obviously have their hands full facing a Barca squad that has scored the most goals in La Liga play and also conceded the fewest. Barcelona has scored 11 goals in their last three matches.
While Barcelona continues their winning ways they have some key players banged up. Star FW Lionel Messi is still out with an injury and will not play against Athletic Bilbao and G Victor Valdes is also out while DF Dani Alves is a question mark.
Athletic Bilbao’s defense has conceded 5 goals in their last three matches. Athletic Bilbao plays a team game and they do not have a big gun on offense. They have three players that lead the team with three goals apiece.
Last season Athletic Bilbao played to a 2-2 draw at home facing Barcelona.
Even with Messi out Barca is loaded. They won 4-0 over the weekend without their superstar, so the counter-attack will be key for Athletic Bilbao.
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