Prediction Athletic Bilbao Vs Barcelona: Emotion-Fighting Game
Barcelona will travel to Athletic Bilbao headquarters in the 10th week of La Liga Spain, at San Memes Stadium on Saturday (28/10/2017). The match will be full of emotion for the Blaugrana coach, Ernesto Valverde.
For Valverde, Athletic Bilbao has good memories in his coaching career. Valverde menukangi Athletic Bilbao at the interval July 2013 to May 2017.
Continuing to show uphill performance, Barcelona chose to marry the Spanish coach to replace Luis Enrique in late May 2017.
“Against Athletic Bilbao will be an emotional match for me, it always happens when I return against Athletic Bilbao with the other team,” said Valverde.
“I do not want to talk statistics because it’s not going well, Athletic Bilbao is incredibly strong when playing at home, so despite the fact I’m going home and bringing all those emotions, they’ll make it difficult for us.”
Barcelona does have ciamik statistics when meeting with Athletic Bilbao. Lionel Messi and his friends won four games from the last five meetings of both teams.
In addition, Barcelona again reinforced Jordi Alba after previously suffered minor injuries. Spayol defender is expected to return to fill the right-back position.
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez are expected to return to knock-knock the visitors. If added, both players are pocketed 14 goals in La Liga 2017-2018.
Victory will further strengthen the position of Blaugrana at the top of the standings. Currently, Barcelona leads the standings with a collection of 25 points.
Meanwhile, Athletic Bilbao failed to show a brilliant performance this season. Aritz Aduriz and his friends have won just one game from the last 10 games in various competitions.
Latest, Los Leones play 1-1 against club origin Segunda B, SD Formenta in Copa Del Rey match (25/10/2017). Inevitably the sequence of these results increasingly confuse the atmosphere.
However, despite not being able to degrade Iker Muniain and Oscar De Marcos due to injury, Athletic Bilbao have an ace in coach Jose Angel Ziganda. The 51-year-old coach was once a partner of Valverde when equally defending Athletic.
Currently, Athletic Bilbao stuck in 11th place standings with 11 points. The results they achieve from three wins, two draws and four defeats.
Athletic Bilbao: Kepa Arrizabalaga; Mikel Balenziaga, Aymeric Laporte, Unai Nunez, Eneko Boveda; Mikel San Jose, Mikel Vesga; Inigo Cordoba, Raul Garcia, Inaki Williams; Aritz Aduriz.
Coach: Jose Ziganda
Barcelona: Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Jordi Alba, Samuel Umtiti, Gerard Pique, Nelson Semedo; Paulinho, Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic; Gerard Deulofeu, Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi.
Coach: Ernesto Valverde
Head to head
29/08/2016 Athletic Bilbao 0-1 Barcelona (La Liga)
28/01/2016 Barcelona 3-1 Athletic Bilbao (Copa Del Rey)
06/01/2017 Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Barcelona (Copa Del Rey)
12/01/2017 Barcelona 3-1 Athletic Bilbao (Copa Del Rey)
04/02/2017 Barcelona 3-0 Athletic Bilbao (La Liga)
The Last Five Athletic Bilbao Matches
01/10/2017 Valencia 3-2 Athletic Bilbao (La Liga)
14/10/2017 Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Sevilla (La Liga)
20/10/2017 Östersunds 2-2 Athletic Bilbao (Europa League)
22/10/2017 Leganes 1-0 Athletic Bilbao (La Liga)
26/10/2017 Formentera 1-1 Athletic Bilbao (Copa Del Rey)
Last Five Matches of Barcelona
01/10/2017 Barcelona 3-0 Las Palmas (La Liga)
15/10/2017 Atlético Madrid 1-1 Barcelona (La Liga)
19/10/2017 Barcelona 3-1 Olympiakos (Champions League)
22/10/2017 Barcelona 2-0 Malaga (La Liga)
25/10/2017 Real Murcia 0-3 Barcelona (Copa Del Rey)
Athletic Bilbao 40-60 Barcelona
Source: Various sources