class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>The Catalans got off to a winning start last weekend and they should be able to record another victory in their first away game of the Liga season
Barcelona travel to the Estadio San Mames on Saturday evening to face Athletic Club with Ronald Koeman’s men aiming to keep up their positive start to the Liga season.
The Blaugrana put in a strong performance last weekend at Camp Nou to win 4-2 against Real Sociedad in what was the first encounter in the post-Lionel Messi era.
Athletic, meanwhile, were held to a goalless draw at Elche in their season opener, although the Basques always tend to raise their game when Barcelona visit Bilbao.
Athletic Club vs Barcelona latest odds
The two league meetings between these sides last season saw Barca triumph by a one-goal margin on both occasions, winning 3-2 in Bilbao and 2-1 at Camp Nou.
Another victory for Barcelona is priced at 17/20 (1.85) with bet365 while Athletic can be backed at 3/1 (4.00) and Marcelino Garcia’s team recorded a memorable win over the Blaugrana in the Spanish Super Cup in January.
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Athletic Club vs Barcelona team news
The hosts remain without Yuri Berchiche and Inigo Cordoba, while Ander Capa is a major doubt at right-back.
Raul Garcia should return up front after missing the opening game through suspension while Yeray Alvarez could also return having been sidelined through injury for the opening match.
Goalkeeper Unai Simon has taken some time off after a busy summer with the Spain national team.
Barca are still without goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen as well as forwards Ousmane Dembele, Ansu Fati and Sergio Aguero.
Athletic Club vs Barcelona preview
The first game without Lionel Messi was extremely promising from Barcelona, with the front three of Martin Braithwaite, Memphis Depay and Antoine Griezmann all playing and combining well.
The attacking trident for the Catalans will be the same on Saturday and will surely find some joy against an Athletic side who could be missing three of their first-choice back four as well as their number one goalkeeper.
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The Basques also have a problem in the final third and a lack of a killer instinct cost them in plenty of matches last season.
Without an out-an-out striker Athletic’s forward problems are likely to continue this term and Barcelona should be able to record another victory this weekend against Basque opposition.
Athletic Club vs Barcelona tips & predictions
The price of 17/20 (1.85) for an away win looks tempting, while backing Barca to win and score over 1.5 goals at 5/4 (2.25) should also appeal.
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