Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona for the Spanish La Liga championship match on Friday at San Mamés Stadium.
Next Friday, 16th August 2019, Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona face each other for a match for the 1st round of La Liga (Spain). The game has kick-off at 20:00 at the Estadio San Mames Stadium (Bilbao).
After winning eight championships in the last eleven campaigns, Barcelona has placed themselves as the undisputed Spanish champion. But this time, they can’t wait to get into cruise mode and lift the title in the end.
Both teams from Madrid are determined to give intense competition for the crown and have shown their intention in the transfer window. The arrival of some truly talented young people and the presence of seasoned veterans could really block the way for the Blaugrana.
Still, the current champions have made some potent signings, and it is rumoured that Neymar Jr may return to Spain. The fans are certainly excited, and the team can complement it with a victory.
Even without Neymar they already have an excellent attack with Messi (absent), Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suárez,
However, the challenge that awaits them is difficult as they travel to San Mames for the season opener.
Bilbao has a tendency to surrender to heavyweights and can immediately hand one to their former coach, Ernesto Valverde.
Clashes between the two teams
Barça has recorded their last four wins.
Bilbao has scored just one goal in their last five games together.
15 of the previous 19 wins in this stadium have been for visitors.
Four of the last six matches at this stadium guests have not conceded any goals.
Despite the absence of Lionel Messi, the Catalans have more than enough quality in their squad to handle this challenge. Besides, with Neymar’s imminent arrival, it would be helpful for many players to have fantastic performances, which would help them keep their place in the main eleven.
Moreover, in the head to head, Barcelona has recorded their last four wins and conceded only one goal in the previous five matches. Also, at this stadium, they have not conceded in four of the last six games and have recorded 15 of the previous 19 wins.
In the last 18 years, Athletic have only had two league wins against this opponent, and there is nothing to expect otherwise, as La Liga 2019-20 starts as well.
Count on a win from the champions and look forward to a few palatable moments from Ousmane Dembele.