Athletic Bilbao-Barcelona Preview: Deflated Blaugrana aim to wrap up Liga title

Tito Vilanova's side can bounce back from disappointment in Europe by clinching their 22nd domestic championship at San Mames, provided results elsewhere also go their way

Iraola, Ekiza, San Jose, Aurtenetxe
De Marcos, Gurpegui, Herrera
Susaeta, Llorente, Muniain

Montoya, Adriano, Abidal, Alba
Thiago, Song, Fabregas
Tello, Villa, Sanchez

Athletic Bilbao duo Fernando Amorebieta and Inigo Ruiz de Galarreta have recovered from knee injuries and could feature against Barcelona on Saturday.

However, defender Aymeric Laporte has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee problem, while midfielder Ander Iturraspe is suspended after his red card against Deportivo La Coruna last Sunday.

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova is expected to make wholesale changes to the side that crashed to a 4-0 defeat against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final first leg on Tuesday.

Defenders Carles Puyol and Javier Mascherano remain sidelined through injury but Adriano is available after serving a European ban.

  • Athletic Bilbao have only won three of their last 10 matches in La Liga (W3, D1, L6).
  • Los Leones have lost five of their last six Liga meetings with Barcelona.
  • Athletic's last home win over Barca was a 3-1 success in La Liga in May 2006.
  • Barcelona have won just one of their last six away games in all competitions (W1, D2, L3).
  • The Catalan side will clinch the Liga title if they beat Athletic Bilbao and second-placed Real Madrid lose against Atletico Madrid.
  • Cesc Fabregas (pictured, right) has scored four goals in his last three Liga appearances for Barca.