LionsBet Preview: Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao: Back the Blaugrana to win the first half

Ander Gillenea
Ernesto Valverde’s men will be hard to curtail when they clash with the Red-Whites as they look to continue their impressive form

Barcelona welcome Athletic Bilbao to Camp Nou for their Primera Division clash on Sunday afternoon.

The Blaugrana progressed to the quarterfinal stage of the Uefa Champions League after they saw off Chelsea 4-1 on aggregate with Lionel Messi scoring three of the goals.

They should have little difficulty replicating the form when they take on Jose Angel Ziganda’s side given their superiority on head to head.

In addition, they will be aiming to extend their eight points lead on the table with Atletico Madrid in hot pursuit of them.

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Besides, they have won their last four games and have tasted victory in all but two of their previous 22 home games and are hot favourites at (1.15) to win this tie with LionsBet.

The last time they shared the spoils with their visitors was in the 2015 Super Cup and a chance for a repeat of this has been quoted at (8.00) with the same betting firm.

On the other hand, Bilbao have not  been faring well lately after they were bundled out of the Europa League by Olympique Marseille following their 5-2 aggregate loss.

Though they defeated Leganes in their last league game, the bookmakers have tagged them as massive underdogs for this outing at the price of (19.25).

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Barcelona have racked in an amazing 72 goals - the highest from any team in La Liga this season, which makes the odds of (1.40) a good value for three or more goals to be seen in this encounter.

The first half results of six of theilast seven games between these two has gone the way of Barca and it is looking good for them to once again win that half at (1.40).

Magical Lionel Messi has registered 24 league goals this season and is (1.22) to increase the tally anytime with LionsBet.