Match Preview: Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao

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Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao

Spain La Liga – Round 29

18/03/2018

 

Barcelona remains unbeaten in the league this season after a comfortable win over Malaga in last time out, another game in which they created a host of chances. Jose Angel Ziganda’s side bid for back-to-back victories, but were somewhat flattered to beat Leganés 2 – 0 last time. Athletic Bilbao may find themselves outgunned today and their opponents are fancied to rack up the goals.

 

Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao News, Stats & Facts

  • Barcelona has won their last eight league games against Athletic, keeping a clean sheet in six of these matches. They have never won nine games in a row against the Basques in the top flight.
  • Indeed, Barcelona is on a run of 21 games without defeat against Athletic at the Camp Nou in all competitions (W17 D4), with Athletic last winning November 2001 (1-2).
  • Athletic Club has lost 60 away games against Barcelona in La Liga; more than against any other team (P86 W17 D9 L60).
  • Barcelona is unbeaten in 35 league games in a row (W29 D6), the best unbeaten run of any side in the top five European leagues.
  • Athletic have lost each of their last three away league games, failing to score in all of them. The last time they did so in four in a row was in October 2014 under Ernesto Valverde.
  • Lionel Messi has scored 16 goals in his 18 games at the Camp Nou against Athletic in all competitions. Only against Sevilla (19) and Espanyol (18) has the Argentine player netted more goals for Barcelona.
  • Aritz Aduriz has scored eight goals against Barcelona for Athletic Club in all competitions, but only two of those have come at the Camp Nou.
  • No La Liga defender has provided more league assists than Jordi Alba this season (seven, level with Jose Angel).

 

Verdict: Total Goals Over 2.5

 

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