Ernesto Valverde’s Barcelona faces his former club Athletic Bilbao on Saturday in the match of the week in La Liga. Barcelona is still one of three undefeated teams in the league but faces a tough test at the San Mames against the talented Basque squad.
Here’s how you can watch the match and our prediction:
How to watch
When: Saturday at 2:45 p.m. ET
TV: beIN Sports
Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Follow: CBS Sports App
Barcelona doesn’t win, but it doesn’t lose. Bilbao holds firm at home and gets a point behind an Aritz Aduriz goal.
Barcelona 2, Bilbao 2.
La Liga pioneers Barcelona will hope to broaden their favorable position at the best when they meet Athletic Bilbao at San Mames Stadium on Saturday. Barcelona vs Ath. Bilbao
The Blaugrana lead the alliance by four focuses in front of Valencia, while Athletic are eleventh after a detached begin to the season. However the Basque club still gloats enough quality to stun Barca on home soil, with veteran focus forward Aritz Aduriz and winger Inaki Williams both honest to goodness coordinate victors.
Obviously, coordinate victors aren’t hard to come by for Barcelona, who rested marquee stars Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Andres Iniesta for the Copa del Rey win in Murcia in midweek. Then, chief Ernesto Valverde will come back to Bilbao out of the blue subsequent to leaving Athletic in the late spring.Messi and Suarez will return into the lineup in front of Paco Alcacer and foundation item Jose Arnaiz. The productive combine have both been in extraordinary shape this season
Suarez has grabbed three objectives and an aid La Liga activity, per WhoScored.com. A similar source definite how Messi has been surprisingly better, scoring 14 objectives and providing four helps crosswise over La Liga and the UEFA Champions League. Barcelona vs Ath. Bilbao
Having Messi and Suarez back will guarantee Barca convey a lot of danger going ahead at San Mames. Things at the back ought to likewise be steady with focus back Gerard Pique anticipated that would be reestablished to the beginning lineup in the wake of remaining on the substitutes’ seat against Murcia, per Helen Rowe-Willcocks of The Sun.
Rowe-Willcocks likewise noticed how Athletic manager “Jose Angel Ziganda as of now has no damage concerns or suspensions.” It implies 36-year-old Aduriz will keep on leading the line, while previous Atletico Madrid man Raul Garcia offers bolster.The combine are both exceptionally powerful noticeable all around, something Williams’ pace and conveyance from the flanks can misuse. Aduriz and Garcia will represent an unpleasant and physical test for Pique and kindred focal protector Samuel Umtiti.
However Los Leones are as yet solid at home this season, having lost only once at San Mames in the association.Athletic have the capability to cause Barca issues, yet Valverde’s men have been mercilessly proficient before objective so far this season. Expect Messi, Suarez and Co. to again benefit as much as possible from their odds and leave away with another essential win.