La Liga Preview: Athletic Bilbao - Barcelona
The Catalan giants travel to the Basque country to face Marcelo Bielsa's side in Sunday night La Liga action
By Martin Macdonald
Iraola, Martinez, Dominguez, Aurtenetxe
Iturraspe, De Marcos, Ander
Susaeta, Llorente, Muniain
Alves, Puyol, Pique, Abidal
Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta
Messi, Fabregas, Villa
David Lopez is doubtful for Athletic after spraining a ligament in his right ankle. Borja Ekiz recently recovered from from a similar sprain in his right ankle.
Oscar De Marcos has just returned from a shoulder injury and featured in his side's 1-0 away win over Red Bull Salzburg in the Europa League on Thursday.
Pedro is still recovering from a knee injury and trained apart from his teammates on Friday. Ibrahim Afellay is still a long-term absentee due to a knee cruciate ligament injury.
Alexis Sanchez returned from injury in the Champions League win over Viktoria Plzen and should be in the squad to face Athletic.
Pep Guardiola has the rest of his squad at his disposal for the trip to San Mames.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- The last time Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao met was in February, when goals from David Villa and Lionel Messi ensured a 2-1 victory for Pep Guardiola's side.
- Athletic has had a mixed record at home so far in La Liga, with two wins, two draws, and a loss.
- Athletic has scored just under half the amount of goals that Barca has notched in the league so far, with 15 goals to 32.
- In Barcelona's midweek 4-0 victory over Viktoria Plzen, Victor Valdes set the record for consecutive minutes without conceding a goal for his side. He has gone 787 minutes and counting without letting anything past him.
- Lionel Messi has scored six goals in his last 180 minutes of football.
- Messi scored a hat-trick in his last match for Barcelona, taking his goal tally for the Catalan side beyond the double-century barrier to 202 in 286 appearances.
Top 3 Predictions
Athletic Bilbao 0-3 Barcelona
- 22.33 %
Athletic Bilbao 0-5 Barcelona
- 11.26 %
Athletic Bilbao 1-3 Barcelona
- 10.83 %
|La Liga (LIGA)||Dec 1, 2013||Athletic Bilbao 1 - Barcelona 0|
|La Liga (LIGA)||Apr 27, 2013||Athletic Bilbao 2 - Barcelona 2|
|La Liga (LIGA)||Dec 1, 2012||Barcelona 5 - Athletic Bilbao 1|
|Copa del Rey (ESPC)||May 25, 2012||Athletic Bilbao 0 - Barcelona 3|
|La Liga (LIGA)||Mar 31, 2012||Barcelona 2 - Athletic Bilbao 0|
|Feb 28, 2014||Athletic Bilbao 4 - Ciudad de Murcia 0||LIGA|
|Feb 23, 2014||Betis 0 - Athletic Bilbao 2||LIGA|
|Feb 16, 2014||Athletic Bilbao 1 - Espanyol 2||LIGA|
|Feb 10, 2014||Celta 0 - Athletic Bilbao 0||LIGA|
|Feb 2, 2014||Athletic Bilbao 1 - Real Madrid 1||LIGA|
|10||Óscar De Marcos||Midfielder|
|13||Raúl Fernández Mateos||Goalkeeper|
|6||Mikel San José Domínguez||Defender|
|8||Andrés Iniesta Luján||Midfielder|
|13||José Pinto Colorado||Goalkeeper|
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