Barcelona vs Athletic Club betting tips, odds and predictions for Sunday's La Liga clash. These two sides have already produced two 5-goal thrillers in the month of January and now they lock horns for a third time in the space of 3-weeks. The hosts have outplayed their guests so far this season and sit six positions and 13pts ahead of them in the La Liga table. However, Atheltic Club have won three of the duo's last five encounters, so Barcelona will have to be at their best to win this one.
Top Free Tips for Barcelona vs Athletic Club
We have three predictions for Sunday's La Liga match between Barcelona and Atheltic Club. We're expecting an open but competitive 90-minutes between the pair, which is reflected in our tips. Each of the three tips provided below have been made by our experienced tipster with no bias whatsoever. The odds are always the very best and latest available at the time of publication and are never extravagant because our tips are made with the intention of paying out.
These are the latest odds as of the publication date. However, odds often change in the build-up to a match, so please check with your bookmaker before you make a bet.
Goals Expected as Barcelona Play Host to Athletic Club
Barcelona made the trip to Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday night and returned with 3pts in their back pocket. The hosts took the lead in the 63rd-minute and Barcelona fans feared the worst. However, Messi equalised for the visitors just 6-minutes later and 10-minutes from time de Jong netted the winner for the Catalonains.
Athletic Club went behind in the very first minute at home to Getafe, but the two sides went in level at the break thanks to an equalising goal from Raul Garcia. The second forty-five went the way of the home side as Athletic Club took the lead through Yeray in the 50th-minute. Garcia scored his brace just after the hour mark to make it 3-1 and Berenguer added a fourth with 15-minutes left on the clock. De Marcos completed the scoring in the 82nd-minute as Athletic Club claimed a 5-1 victory.
Athletic Club head into this weekend's clash as the form favourites with five wins and one defeat from their last six outings in all competitions. Barcelona have claimed four wins, one draw and suffered one defeat during that same period and that loss arrived at the hands of Sunday's guests.
The last 70 encounters between Barcelona and Athletic Club have produced 44 wins, 14 draws and 12 defeats for the Catalonian giants. However, in recent seasons, Athletic Club have claimed three wins, two draws and two defeats in their last seven games against Barcelona.
The hosts will be without Sergio Busquests through suspension, while Philippe Coutinho, Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique and Ansu Fati all look set to miss the game through injury.
Athletic Club will be without the services of Mikel Balenziaga and Peru Nolaskoain this weekend due to injury, while Inigo Vicente and Yuri Berchiche could also miss out.
Barcelona vs Athletic Club Three Best Bets
We're expecting a really entertaining match between these two clubs, as has been the case in their previous two meetings in January. Barcelona are the favourites and have the home advantage but Atheltic Club have proven a tough nut for the hosts to crack in recent seasons. A win for Barcelona could take them onto level points with arch-rivals Real Madrid, but a defeat could see them slip even further behind the league leaders Atletico Madrid who already boast a 10pt lead.
- Both Teams to Score: BTTS – Yes @ 3/4 with bet365
- Total Goals Under/Over: Over 2.5 Goals @ 8/15 with bet365
- Anytime Goalscorer: Antoine Griezmann @ 6/4 with Betfred
Both Teams to Score: BTTS – Yes
Both teams have scored in each of the last two meetings between these two clubs and we don't expect any clean sheets in January's third encounters between these two historic sides of Spanish football. Three of Barcelona's last five outings have ended up with both teams scoring, while each of Athletic Club's last five fixtures have failed to produce a single clean sheet for either side involved.
Total Goals Under/Over: Over 2.5 Goals
The last two meetings between Barcelona and Athletic Club, both in this very month, produced over 2.5 goals. Both of those matches' final scorelines ended 3-2, so you can see why we're expecting at least three goals from Sunday's clash. Three of Barcelona's last six matches have produced over 2.5 goals and the hosts have scored at least 2-goals in five of their last six outings. Each of Athletic Club's last five outings have seen over 2.5 goals scored, with their last match producing 6-goals.
Anytime Goalscorer: Antoine Griezmann
Griezmann scored both of Barcelona's goals in a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Athletic Club in the Super Cup earlier this month. The French international is Barcelona's second top goalscorer in La Liga this season with 5-goals and also leads the club's assists chart. Griezmann is in decent form in front of goal right now, netting 4-goals in his last six appearances for the Catalonians.