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Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Betting Tips and Predictions

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Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona predictions and betting tips for La Liga on Friday 16th August. The reigning champions take on last season’s eight place finishers in the opening match of the La Liga season and you can see our betting tips below.

 

Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Betting Tip

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Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Match Preview

Barcelona ended their preseason in emphatic style with a 4-0 win over Napoli. Following their 2-1 loss to Chelsea, Barcelona won all four of their remaining preseason games, averaging 2.5 goals a game. The Catalan side kick off their league campaign away at Atletico Bilbao.

Barcelona began last season in fine form, recording four consecutive wins. Just two defeats away from home last season illustrates Barcelona’s imperious dominance in the league. However, Barcelona were unable to beat Bilbao last term, drawing both encounters.

Atheltic’s preseason form is comparatively patchy but it is difficult to gauge a lot from non-competitive games. Last season’s league campaign got off to a good start with a win over Leganes but Athletic would have to wait until December to win another.

 

Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Betting Tips

The addition of Antoine Griezmann has bolstered and already formidable attack. Barcelona have won each of their opening league fixtures for the last 10 years. Expect nothing short a professional job once more.

On more than one occasion, the Spanish champions have run riot on the opening day and with their vast array of attacking options there is every chance of that happening once more. A conservative over 2.5 goals in the game will cover a Bilbao goal whilst backing Barcelona goals. At 8/11, this is good value.

If Barcelona get off to a quick start, there will be no way back for the Basque side. However, 30% of Barcelona’s league wins were draws at halftime. With that in mind, draw/draw in the halftime/fulltime market looks excellent value at 7/2, against a stubborn Athetic defence.

 

Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Tip

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Athletic Bilbao Betting Odds

Athletic Bilbao to win – 4/1

Draw – 11/4

Barcelona to win – 8/11

 

Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Head to Head Record

Matches – 65

Bilbao wins – 9

Draws – 14

Barcelona wins – 42

 

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