Barcelona hosts Athletic in round 31 of La Liga. With 14 wins and 1 draw in 15 home games for La Liga, Barcelona will try to extend their superb home record.
Check our complete match preview and betting prediction for tonight’s match.
Barcelona looking to extend superb home record
Barcelona hasn’t lost at Camp Nou in La Liga in the last 27 games. The last defeat was November 2018 against Real Betis. The team has been impressive this season in their home turf. Barcelona lost only 2 points in 15 home matches in La Liga, averaging more than 3 goals per game.
Coming from a goalless draw against Sevilla, the Blaugrana saw Real Madrid’s arrival at the top of the standings last round.
One of Barcelona’s 5 defeats so far in La Liga was precisely against Athletic Bilbao at San Mamés. But the Blaugrana have a good record against their rivals at Camp Nou for La Liga. Quique Setien’s team won 4 of the last 5 home games against Athletic.
Busquets, Dembele, Sergi Roberto, and Frenkie De Jong are all out for tonight’s match.
Athletic with major difficulties on the road
Athletic’s performance this season relies on home performances. The team has been very solid playing at San Mamés, losing just 3 of their 15 home matches and conceding just 8 goals. The best home defensive record in La Liga. However, the team only won 2 games on the road, showing how difficult it has been for Garitano’s men to get good results away from home.
Athletic are coming from a 1-0 home win against Real Betis. The team has a win and 2 draws in La Liga since the break. The team is 5 points away from league’s 7th spot, which gives access to next season’s Europa League. To reach that goal, the team needs to finish the season in good fashion.
For tonight’s match, Gaizka Garitano has important absences. Beñat, Yuri Berchiche and Ibai Gómez are all out.
With 8 games left, Barcelona cannot lose points in one of the tightest title races in recent years. We expect Barcelona to win and extend their sensational home record in La Liga this season. Check Barcelona to win tonight.
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