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April 27, 2013 12:00 PM EDT
Estadio San Mamés — Bilbao
Referee:‬ Ignacio Iglesias‎
Attendance:‬ 39750‎
 

La Liga Preview: Athletic Bilbao - Barcelona

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

By Karthick Arvinth

  PROBABLE LINEUPS
ATHLETIC BILBAO

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

Valdes
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.

Defender Aymeric Laporte has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee problem, though, 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 semifinal first leg on Tuesday.

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

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Athletic Bilbao has only won three of its last 10 matches in La Liga (3-6-1).
  • 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 has won just one of its last six away games in all competitions (1-3-2).
  • The Catalan side will clinch the Liga title if it beats Athletic Bilbao and second-placed Real Madrid loses against Atletico Madrid.
  • Cesc Fabregas (pictured, right) has scored four goals in his last three Liga appearances for Barca.


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La Liga ‎(LIGA)‎ Dec 1, 2013 Athletic Bilbao 1 - Barcelona 0
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La Liga ‎(LIGA)‎ Apr 27, 2013 Athletic Bilbao 2 - Barcelona 2
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La Liga ‎(LIGA)‎ Dec 1, 2012 Barcelona 5 - Athletic Bilbao 1
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Copa del Rey ‎(ESPC)‎ May 25, 2012 Athletic Bilbao 0 - Barcelona 3
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La Liga ‎(LIGA)‎ Mar 31, 2012 Barcelona 2 - Athletic Bilbao 0
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Last Five Matches
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Available Squads
1IraizozGoalkeeper
15AurtenetxeDefender
6Mikel San José DomínguezDefender
15Andoni IraolaDefender
23Borja EkizaDefender
14SusaetaMidfielder
18Carlos GurpeguiMidfielder
21Ander HerreraMidfielder
10Óscar De MarcosMidfielder
19MuniainStriker
20Aritz Aduriz ZubeldiaStriker
13Raúl Fernández MateosGoalkeeper
-Xabi CastilloDefender
-RamalhoDefender
2ToqueroStriker
14Fernando Llorente Striker
11Ibai GómezStriker
-Ismael LópezStriker
1Víctor ValdésGoalkeeper
22Daniel AlvesDefender
3PiquéDefender
18Jordi AlbaDefender
22Éric AbidalDefender
4Cesc FàbregasMidfielder
6XaviMidfielder
6Thiago AlcántaraMidfielder
17Alex SongMidfielder
9Alexis SánchezStriker
7PedroStriker
13José Pinto ColoradoGoalkeeper
15BartraDefender
21AdrianoDefender
8Andrés Iniesta LujánMidfielder
9David VillaStriker
10Lionel MessiStriker
20TelloStriker
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
28 6
Diego Costa Diego Costa
Striker
Atlético de Madrid
27 5
Lionel Messi Lionel Messi
Striker
Barcelona
25 6
Karim Benzema Karim Benzema
Striker
Real Madrid
17 0
Alexis Sánchez Alexis Sánchez
Striker
Barcelona
17 0