Barcelona will hope to get back to winning ways as they host Athletic Bilbao on Saturday at 4:15pm local time. The visitors haven’t won a game since August, but considering they were close to beating Real Madrid, they will fancy another upset in a week where Barcelona have already failed to win two games against La Liga minnows.

Home Team: Barcelona

It’s been a dreadful week for Barcelona considering their high standards. Before last weekend, Barcelona had won every game so far this season in all competitions, as they look to defend their La Liga title. First of all, on Sunday, they were cruising in a game against Girona before as Clement Longlet was sent off in the 35th minute, with the score line being 1-0 to Barcelona.

The sending off was a concern for Barcelona, as they managed to concede twice to go behind, but then salvaging a home draw courtesy of Gerard Pique as it finished 2-2. However, the history repeated itself again on Wednesday, as Leganes, who had just lost 6-2 at home to Sevilla, managed to come back from 1-0 behind to spring another shock to Barcelona.

Two goals for Leganes in 58 seconds was enough to get the victory and condemn Barcelona to their first defeat of the season. Can Barcelona bounce back after two disappointing results?

Away Team: Athletic Bilbao

athletic bilbao betting on footballAthletic Bilbao’s only victory this season was on the opening day against the team that defeated Barcelona on Wednesday night, Leganes. Since then, they haven’t won a game, drawing three and losing in their last outing against Villarreal 3-0 at home.

Athletic Bilbao had all the possession in that game, but it all went horribly wrong in the second half as their opponents had that killer finish, whereas Athletic Bilbao didn’t. One positive result from that drab period was to get a point against Real Madrid, and they’ll know they will need another top performance to get something from Barcelona this weekend.

Bilbao are likely to come across a fired up Barcelona who will be angry with their last two slip-ups.

Head to Head

Athletic Bilbao’s last success against Barcelona in the league was in 2013, in a 1-0 success, but that was in their home ground. The clubs have met a few times in the Copa Del Rey and the Spanish Super Cup between then and now with a few more successes for Athletic Bilbao, but once again, all coming in the home fixture of two legs. Barcelona’s home record against Athletic Bilbao is incredibly one sided. If Barcelona were to win this fixture, it would be their 15th straight success at home in the league. Bilbao have come to get a few draws in cup competitions along those years, but have earned 0 points from the last 45 points possible. It’s a nightmare ground for Bilbao, but that record has to stop some time.

Predictions and Betting Tips

Barcelona are overwhelming favourites at 2/11 to get the victory, with Athletic Bilbao at 14/1 to end this horrid run at the Camp Nou. Even a draw would be a huge success for Athletic Bilbao, and that is at 6/1. I expect Barcelona to strike back ferociously, and score at least four goals on Saturday.

Barcelona are at 6/4 to score 4 or more goals, and I’d opt for that. For an exact score line, I’d suggest that Barcelona will win with a clean sheet, as their defence will want to tighten up, so a 4-0 is at 9/1.

I have little hope for an away result here, so my final tip would be to bet on Barcelona to win both halves, which is at 10/11.

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