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Primera División

  • December 1, 2012
  • • 19:00
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz
  • • Attendance: 68346
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Barcelona - Athletic Bilbao Preview: Unbeaten Blaugrana will look to make La Liga history

Barcelona - Athletic Bilbao Preview: Unbeaten Blaugrana will look to make La Liga history

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Tito Vilanova's side have equalled the best ever start to a domestic campaign and could go one better with a win over their struggling Basque visitors

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

BARCELONA

Valdes
Montoya, Pique, Puyol, Alba
Xavi, Busquets, Fabregas
Pedro, Messi, Iniesta

ATHLETIC BILBAO

Iraizoz
De Marcos, Ekiza, Amorebieta, Aurtenetxe
Herrera, Iturraspe, Muniain
Susaeta, Aduriz, Gomez


Barcelona defender Dani Alves will miss Saturday's Primera Division encounter against Athletic Bilbao with a hamstring injury.

Alexis Sanchez, Marc Bartra and Isaac Cuenca all remain sidelined, while Adriano (illness) is a doubt.

Athletic Bilbao are set to be without right-back Andoni Iraola, who suffered a muscle injury during training.

Coach Marcelo Bielsa will make wholesale changes to the side that beat Ironi Kiryat Shmona in the rearranged Europa League match on Wednesday.

Midfielder Carlos Gurpegui is still out but striker Aritz Aduriz returns after a one-match ban.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Barcelona have won 10 of their last 11 matches in all competitions.
  • The Catalans will make the best ever start in the Spanish league's 113-year history with a win over Athletic Bilbao, overhauling Real Madrid's record set in 1991-92.
  • David Villa (pictured, right) scored his 300th career goal in the 3-1 Copa del Rey win over Alaves.
  • Athletic Bilbao have won just four of their last 16 matches in all competitions (W4, D5, L7).
  • Los Leones have lost five of their last seven meetings with Barcelona, including last season's Copa del Rey final.
  • Athletic's last Liga win over Barca was a 3-1 home success in May 2006.

Players to watch

Iniesta

Position: Midfielder

Games: 2

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The 28-year-old was in imperious form last weekend as he scored one and set up three in a 4-0 win over Levante. With Alexis Sanchez still absent through injury, Iniesta will be relied upon to provide guile and creativity in the final third of the pitch.

Muniain

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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While yet to hit the dizzy heights of last season, the Pamplona-born winger remains a major threat on the counterattack. Muniain will look to get the better of Martin Montoya down the left flank and open his Liga account for the season.

Editor's Prediction

Barcelona are flying at the moment, while Athletic are struggling to pick up points away from home. All signs point to a banker home win.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Barcelona

Athletic Club

Wins
3
1
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Barcelona FCB
FC Barcelona Barcelona
Draw
Athletic Club Bilbao ATH
Athletic Club Bilbao Athletic Club
82%
15%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Barcelona FCB
3 - 0
Athletic Club Bilbao ATH
FC Barcelona FCB
3 - 1
Athletic Club Bilbao ATH
FC Barcelona FCB
4 - 0
Athletic Club Bilbao ATH

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