Betting tips for Ath Bilbao VS Barcelona 10.02.2019
Defeated in San Sebastián by rival Real Sociedad (2-1), Athletic Club returns to their domains to face the "all powerful" Barcelona. Gaika Garitano, successor of Eduardo Berizzo in the technical command of the Basque team, wants to avoid at all costs a situation that has not yet been verified since joining the club: to suffer two consecutive defeats. Moreover, the defeat with Real Sociedad was the first in the championship games in the current season, to the eighth meeting under the orders of Garitano.
Unbeaten there are six home games for the league, - all matches with less than three goals - Athletic will strive to overcome, aware that the pressure is all on the side of Barcelona. The encounter between these two teams in the first round, at Camp Nou, ended tied for a goal.
The San Mames "lions" have only been "blank" for once since Garitano is coach, against Alavés (0-0). Muniin, Raul Garcia and Williams want to wreak havoc on the opposing defense, but they will not be able to count on the important assistance of "veteran" Aritz Aduriz, out injured. Íigo Lekue and Peru Nolaskoian are also left out due to physical issues, while Ander Capa is suspended and should be rendered by Oscar De Marcos.
O Barcelona enters the field this Sunday, after the derby of the capital between Atletico Madrid (2nd) and Real Madrid (3rd). Whatever happens in the Wanda Metropolitano, the "Culés" will follow leaders even if they lose in Bilbao, however, this is another good opportunity for the commanders of Ernesto Valverde to distance themselves from at least one of the competitors in the title fight and, better of the hypotheses, of both.
Valverde has been trying to manage the team in the last few games, a necessary situation given that the schedule is "tightening" at the beginning of this year due to the King's Cup qualifying competition. Proximity to the first meeting for the Champions League with Lyon is also something that worries the Catalan officials and, as such, the management of the team assumes a preponderant role at this stage of the season. Cillessen, Umtiti, Rafinha and Arthur make up the list of absences for injury, while Jordi Alva is not going to play due to suspension. Ousmane Dembélé is recovering from injury but the best news comes with the return of Busquets.
Barca drew their last two games at Camp Nou, against Valencia (2-2) and Real Madrid (1-1). The meeting with the meringues in the middle of the week. will have caused some wear in the team, although Valverde has left elements like Leo Messi and Arturo Vidal out of the starting eleven and "spared" Coutinho and Rakitic, both replaced shortly after the hour of play.
The need to win this meeting becomes even greater after the equals against Valencia and Real Madrid.
Barcelona should win in Bilbao with more or less difficulty and this is a well-heeled scene in the bookmakers, but the Catalan team has committed some defensive failures that lead us to believe that home owners can reach the goal.