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Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona Betting Tips: The champions to clinch the spoils on the opening Matchday

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Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona Betting Tips & Predictions

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16th August 2019 – 20:00

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La Liga returns to action on Friday night as reigning champions Barcelona begin the title-defence quest with a challenging trip to the Basque country where they will take on Athletic Bilbao in the opening fixture. The Lions have made San Mames a fortress to conquer last season as they only lost 2 of 19 home outings in the entire campaign. Athletic had one of the best defensive records on the home patch in the entire competition having shipped just a goal per game on average throughout the season.

Barcelona scored goals for fun in the previous term of Primera Division. They boasted by far the best-attacking record with 90 goals notched in 38 games. However, they managed only 1 of these 90 past Athletic Bilbao in two draws in teams’ last season’s head to head affairs. There were no goals scored at all when these two likes last locked horns in mid-February at San Mames.

It is hard to predict a similar low-scoring fixture here, though. The Basques have been fairly easy to break down during the pre-season. They allowed two or more goals in three of past four friendlies and they’ve kept a clean sheet just once on eight occasions this summer. Given they’ve played the likes of Numancia, Racing Santander, and Mirandes recently, we have reasons to be pessimistic ahead of their tie with one of the most lethal attacking lines on the continent.

Barcelona will head into this in the highest of spirits after a 4-0 drubbing of Italian Serie A powerhouse Napoli on the US tour. Ernesto Valverde’s men have won three on the bounce scoring at least two goals in each of games along the way.

Full Time Winner Odds & Prediction

Barcelona are by far the strongest team in Spain and we expect them to shine at the start of the new league campaign here. You can back the away win at 4/6 odds.

HT/FT Market Prediction

Braver tipsters can back the Catalans to have the lead at the half time and win the match at the end at 13/8 odds.

Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona predictions:

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