The Basques have won just once in their last ten matches in all competitions and Wednesday night saw them held to a 1-1 draw on the tiny island of Formentera in the Copa Del Rey.
Although manager Jose Ziganda made a number of changes to the starting eleven, the team selected should still have been strong enough to dispatch the lowest ranked team in the competition from an island with a population of 10,000, and the result underlined the current negative atmosphere around the team.
Athletic have looked extremely poor in recent weeks and will not relish the visit of the league leaders this weekend to Bilbao, even if they do still boast a strong record at San Mames.
Only Real Madrid and Atletico have won in Bilbao this year, and Barca's previous visit in 2017 came in January when they were beaten 2-1 in the Copa Del Rey. dabblebet customers can watch and bet on this fixture via desktop, mobile and tablet, with a home win offered at Barcelona 11/2 (6.50), a victory for the visitors at 1/2 (1.50) and a draw at 7/2 (4.50). Your account must be funded or active in order to see the action live.
Despite that win at the start of the year in the cup, Athletic's recent record against their Catalan rivals is extemely poor with the Basques losing each of their last nine league games against Barca, the last four without scoring a single goal.
Indeed, Athletic have lacked something of a creative spark this season and against a Blaugrana team that has conceded just three times in nine league games so far, they could struggle once more in the final third.
The visitors are offered at 6/4 (2.50) to win to nil, and at 6/5 (2.20) to keep a clean sheet - both of which could appeal - however we will take the odds of 11/10 (2.10) for the visitors to win with a -1 handicap which appeals given Athletic's lack of creativity and Barca's solid scoring form.
This selection has paid out in ten of Barca's 13 matches in all competitions this season and the league leaders should be able to win by two goals against a struggling Athletic side.