Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao : La Liga leader Barcelona travels to Basque country this Sunday to take on 12th-placed Athletic Bilbao. These two teams, along with Real Madrid, are the only clubs to have been in La Liga since its inception and never be relegated.
Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao
Spanish Primera División (La Liga)
Location:San Mames – Bilbao, ESP
Date:10 Feb 2019
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After all the excitement of a midweek Clasico, Barcelona turn their focus back to the grind of league duty this weekend as the leaders travel to face Athletic Bilbao at San Mames.
While their place in a sixth consecutive Copa del Rey final hangs in the balance after Malcom’s impressive equaliser in a 1-1 semi-final first-leg draw against Real Madrid, Ernesto Valverde’s side currently boast a six-point lead over nearest challengers Atletico at the summit of LaLiga.
Barcelona vs. Athletic Bilbao: Why it matters
In a week where one or both Madrid clubs are guaranteed to drop points, a resounding win here for Barcelona could really put just enough space below them that you can plan your 2019 La Liga celebrations already.
If Barcelona shows up focused, Bilbao simply doesn’t have the talent to compete. There are no guarantees Barca will do that though, considering the performance put out in Copa del Rey against Real last week.
Score prediction: Athletic Bilbao 0-2 Barcelona
Barcelona will be eager not to drop more points this weekend after that scare against Valencia and potentially open the door further to Atletico, who face Real in the Madrid derby.
Regardless of whether Messi starts or not, the visitors should have enough to secure a comfortable victory.