Athletic Bilbao-Barcelona Betting Preview: Why the Catalans should score in both halves

Our man in Spain, Phil Kitromilides believes the Catalans have a great chance of scoring in each half against one of the worst defences in the division
It was interesting to note the difference here in Spain in how both Barcelona and Real Madrid's respective Champions League calamities were received by the regional press.

While the Catalan press did not hold back in their condemnation of Barca's disaster, the Madrid-mad dailies spoke of a need for a famous comeback at the Bernabeu of which there have been many in the past.

It is true that Cristiano Ronaldo's away goal does give Madrid marginally more hope, yet the general feeling in Catalonia is that Barca are dead and buried in the Champions League.

This may mean we see a stronger side than one might have expected at San
Mames for the blaugrana because they do have the not inconsiderable consolation of being able to clinch the league title this weekend, if they beat Athletic and Madrid lose their derby to Atletico.

BetVictor price a Catalan triumph at 4/6 (1.65) while Athletic can be backed at 17/4 (5.25).

This has traditionally been an entertaining fixture with last year's 2-2 draw played out in the driving rain one of the best games of the season. Another draw can be backed at 16/5 (4.20).

Barca's recent record at San Mames is not great having won just one of their previous four visits and with Tito Vilanova's side conceding goals freely this season, they could be in for a trickier night than they would have hoped.

Both teams to score i
s offered at just 3/5 (1.60), but instead punters should back Barca to score in both halves at 13/10 (2.30).

That price looks generous especially when you consider Athletic have the third worst defence in the division, and that Barca know a win could see them crowned champions.

This has been one of the most consistently solid selections involving Barcelona over the course of the season and has paid out 19 times in the league.

These odds are some of the highest you will get when backing Barca in this market this season and should be taken without a doubt.

For a value bet try backing, a high-scoring first half with over 2.5 goals offered at 19/4 (5.75).

Barcleona to score in both halves at 13/10 (2.30) with BetVictor
Over 2.5 goals first half 19/4 (5.75) with BetVictor

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports anchor working on TV in Madrid. You can also follow Phil on Twitter.