Game: FC Barcelona vs. Athletic Bilbao
Date: 13 September,Saturday, 2014 year
Start time: 17:00
Barcelona hosts Athletic Bilbao in game from 3th round in “La Liga”. Before this match Barcelona is on 1st position in the standings with 6 points, while “The Lions” are on 7th position with 3 points.
Barcelona is the only team in the league, who recorded two wins in the first two rounds. At the start of the season the team of Luis Enrique beat Elche 3:0 without any problems. Last round the Catalans beat FC Villarreal at away with 0:1, though with Andres Iniesta is a very important player was rested and Neymar was only a substitute after an ankle injury. Against Bilbao both are now back again, which does not mean that youngster Munir must vacate his place. Together with Lionel Messi, who should be ready for use after his rejection for the national team of Argentina and Neymar, the 18-year-old could continue to cause a stir. The defense, meanwhile, seems more stable than last year with the new items Claudio Bravo, Jeremy Mathieu and Ivan Rakitic.
After the loss against FC Malaga in first round, Athletic Bilbao can look back on a successful start to the season. With the clear 3:0 against UD Levante before the international break, the first three points have been run and what is probably even more important with the 1:1 at SSC Napoli and the 3:1 at home made the jump into the group stage of the Champions League, which the Basques after a long time belonging to the European elite once again.
There, the team of coach Ernesto Valverde would of course like to establish long term, but what good performances in the league are the prerequisite. In Barcelona now awaiting one of the biggest challenges that the Primera Division to offer.
Although Athletic Bilbao has unquestionably an excellent team, but with FC Barcelona in good shape, the Basques are can not keep up. And because the achievements Barca make the impression as if the Catalans on the way to its former strength, we recommend a bet on home win at first half and full time.
Barcelona are undefeated in their last 9 home matches in La Liga.
Barcelona have scored at least 2 goals in 13 of their last 14 home matches in La Liga.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 13 of Barcelona’s last 14 home games in La Liga.
Barcelona: Bravo – Dani Alves, Piqué, Mathieu, Jordi Alba – Rakitic, Busquets, Iniesta – Munir, Messi, Neymar
Athletic Bilbao: Iraizoz – de Marcos, San José, Laporte, Balenziaga – Iturraspe, Mikel Rico – Iker Muniain, Benat, Ibai – Aduriz