Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao
Copa Del Rey – Round of 16
Date: Wednesday, 11th January 2017
Kick-off at 20:15 UK/21:15 CET
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona.
Barcelona must overturn a goal deficit against Bilbao, if they are to go through to the quarter finals of the Copa del Rey 2016/17.
Athletic Bilbao sacrificed possession for precision when the sides met at the San Mames a week ago. They were 2-0 ahead at one point, but Lionel Messi scored a decisive away goal in the second half to keep the Blaugrana in the tie. Bilbao were dealt with further blows as midfield players Iturraspe and Raul Garcia got sent-off for a second bookable offense. Barcelona were unable to find the equalizer, despite having a 2-men advantage on the field.
Barcelona were held to a 1-1 draw by Villarreal in their LaLiga fixture this weekend. While Bilbao drew blank with the newly promoted Alaves.
Bilbao’s overall form guide looks slightly better as they are unbeaten in their last 5 matches in all competitions. This includes 3 wins and a draw. While the away form is poor as they have only 1 win in their last 8 outings.
Barcelona were unbeaten in 10 matches before their defeat at Bilbao. However, they been off-color lately with 4 of those matches being draws. At Camp Nou, the Blaugrana have won their last three matches on healthy margins, scoring 15 goals.
Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao: Head-to-head stats
- The Blaugrana are unbeaten in the last 18 home matches against Bilbao in all competitions.
- Bilbao’s last win at Camp Nou was 15 years ago, on November 2001.
- Barcelona have scored at least 2 goals in 14 of their last 16 home games.
- The 2-1 win in the first leg ended Bilbao’s 5 matche losing streak against Barcelona in all venues and competitions.
- Bilbao’s latest visit to Camp Nou was for a Copa del Rey fixture, they lost 3-1 on that occasion.
Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao: Prediction
It is an understatement that Barcelona are performing way below their usual potential this season with the main pitfalls coming away from home. At Camp Nou, they still have a decent record and this is an occasion where they should make this count. Having scored 15 goals in the last three home games, Barcelona have what it take it overturn a 1-goal deficit here. So our pick for this match is to back Barcelona to win by a 2 goal margin.