Barcelona-Athletic Bilbao Betting Preview: Why over 3.5 goals is the bet at Camp Nou

Our La Liga expert Phil Kitromilides explains why at least four goals will be scored on Sunday
The season looks like trickling to a disappointing end for Barcelona after Wednesday's defeat in the Copa del Rey final left the Catalans seemingly destined to end the campaign trophyless.

Tata Martino's last chance remains the league but the deficit of four points on leaders Atletico Madrid with five games left looks too much for a depleted Barcelona to overhaul.

Nevertheless, they must try to believe it is possible and a win against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday might help lift the current gloom over Camp Nou.

Paddy Power price a home victory at 1/4 (1.25) while the Basques - who defeated their Catalan rivals earlier on in the season at San Mames - can be backed at 11/1 (12.00). The draw trades at 4/1 (5.00) with the same firm.

Given Barcelona's defensive woes, both teams to score looks a nailed on selection, but it is offered at just 4/7 (1.57). A better option for punters on that basis might be the price of 4/5 (1.80) for over 3.5 goals.

The visitors are more than capable of scoring at least one against a Barca backline that has been beset by injuries and poor performances.

While things have not been going well for the Blaugrana, they still remain strong in front of goal at home, and backing at least four goals on Sunday seems logical. This selection has landed in 11 of Barcelona's home games in La Liga thus far and 4/5 (1.80) looks a solid price for punters to profit from plenty of goals once again.

Over 3.5 goals at 4/5 (1.80) 2.5pt stake with Paddy Power

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV presenter in Madrid