Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona Preview

May 29, 2015 | By

Coral Free BetsSpanish Copa del Rey Final action on Saturday night comes from the Nou Camp and features Athletico Bilbao versus Barcelona.

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Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona Preview, Copa del Rey Final, Saturday 30th May 2015

This game on Saturday night brings us Athletic Bilbao against Barcelona in the Copa Del Rey final match. Barcelona come into this game certainly the team to beat here even though the recent form tables slightly favour Athletic Bibao over the last five games played.

Barcelon have just clinched yet another Primera La Liga title after they seen out a draw against Deportivo La Coruna, they finished on 94 points with their nearest rivals Real Madrid ending the campaign on 92 points.

Athletic Bilbao are in some good form right now and have not lost a game in their last five. Three of them were draws however and two of them were wins against Elche and Villarreal respectively. Bilbao will certainly have it all to do here though as they are facing the league champions and crazily they are facing them in their own back yard even though it a cup final.

The last time that Bilbao managed to beat the Champions was back in 2013 where they recorded a one nil home win. A win is not totally out of the question though as next weekend Barcelona have a massive Champions League final against Italian Champions Juventus.

Athletic Bilbao Team News:

Bilbao will be happy at this moment in time as they look to have no injured players heading into this cup final however, right back De Marcos is suspended for this game. Bilbao will line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation with Aduriz likely to be the lone striker.

Barcelona Team News:

Luis Enrique will be quietly confident in this game as he has no fresh injury concerns. Vermaelen made his debut for the club in the last game after being injured for nearly a year however, he wont be starting in this game. Messi, Neymar and Suarez will be leading the front line for Barcelona.

Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona Head to Head Statistics:

In the last 50 head to head encounters between these two clubs we have seen Barcelona win on 32 occasions and also drawing 11 times. Bilbao have only won 7 times against Barcelona with 2 coming at the Nou Camp.

08/02/15 CDR Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona 2 : 5
13/09/14 PRD Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao 2 : 0
20/04/14 PRD Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao 2 : 1
01/12/13 PRD Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona 1 : 0
27/04/13 PRD Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona 2 : 2

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

In the 50 games played out between these two La Liga sides, we have seen a total of 154 goals scored which generates us with an average of 3.1 goals per game which is quite good. These statistics I think won’t be the case on Saturday though as I can see there being 4 or 5 goals scored.

Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona Recent Form (Left to Right)

Athletic Bilbao: W W D D D

Barcelona: D W L W W

The recent form is pretty even however, I would say it is Bilbao who surprisingly have the better of it with two wins and three draws compared to Barcelona winning three, losing one and drawing one.

Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona Match Betting Odds Market

Athletic Bilbao have a mountain to climb to even get this game to penalties, let alone be the ones lifting the trophy come the end of the game. The best price for them to win is an understandable 14/1 with BetVictor – £25 Free Bets for New Customers.

The Draw suggests that it also is an unlikely result and will only happen if Barcelona fail to bring their shooting boots. The bookmakers best odds on the two team drawing can be seen coming in here @ 6/1 with Bet365 – £200 Matched Bonus Bets for New Customers.

Barcelona I can imagine that they might rest a couple of players going into this game as they would probably prefer to scrape through this one and then have everybody available for the Champions League final next week, the best price for them to win is 1/4 with PaddyPower – Bet £10 & receive £30 Free Bets for New Customers.

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Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Copa del Rey Final action on Saturday is brought to you live on Sky Sports 5 High Definition where home side Barcelona welcome yet again Athletic Bilbao to their ground even though this is a cup final.

The two games played out this season between these two clubs ended in wins for Barcelona, one at home which was 2-1 and the other away from home which ended up 5-2 in favour of Barcelona.

Athletic Bilbao know that if they are to get something from this game then they will have to defend very well and definitely need to be the first team on the score sheet.

In the last five games played between these club we can see that Barcelona have won three times and Bilbao have won once with the other game ending in a draw, the worrying thing for Bilbao is that Barcelona have won the last three meetings between the two clubs.

My predictions for this game does see Barcelona continue their winning streak against Bilbao, although I do believe that Bilbao will score so it is going to be Barcelona to win and both teams to score.

My saver will be Suarez to score the first goal of the match as he is in form along with his two strike partners however, I have a gut feeling it will be him to score first.

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