class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>These two sides have already played out two thrilling encounters in 2021 and we are backing them to serve up another entertaining clash this weekend
Barcelona welcome Athletic Club to Camp Nou on Sunday for what will be the third clash between these two sides in January.
The Catalans won 3-2 in the league on January 6, while the Basques won by the same scoreline after extra-time in the Spanish Super Cup final two weeks ago.
Barcelona vs Athletic Club Latest Odds
Ronald Koeman’s side have won just four of their last eight home matches in La Liga and bet365 offer them at 2/5 (1.40).
Athletic, for their part, have enjoyed a strong run since Marcelino took over as manager and their last league game saw them beat Getafe 5-1, their biggest La Liga win for four years.
The visitors are priced at 13/2 (7.50) with the draw at 4/1 (5.00).
Barcelona vs Athletic Club Team News
The Blaugrana have Sergio Busquets suspended, while Gerard Pique, Ansu Fati and Philippe Coutinho are all still out injured.
Sergi Roberto is nearing a return to full fitness and it remains to be seen whether he makes the matchday squad.
Athletic, meanwhile, could be without defender Inigo Martinez after he missed the midweek Copa del Rey game with Alcoyano.
Barcelona vs Athletic Club Preview
Despite the Spanish Super Cup disappointment at the hands of Athletic, Barca’s form since the turn of the year has improved, particularly in La Liga where they have won four consecutive matches.
Their Basque opponents on Sunday are also on an upward trajectory and a victory in Catalonia for Athletic would further reignite a season that looked like drifting into mid-table obscurity.
The two matches these sides have contested this month have produced 10 goals and there should be a great deal of interest in backing another encounter with plenty of action.
Athletic have scored in each of their last five away league games, including at both Real Madrid and Villarreal, while Barca have scored in 54 of their last 55 La Liga encounters at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona vs Athletic Club Tips And Predictions
Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals is offered at the healthy looking price of evens (2.00) and has comfortably paid out in the their previous two meetings in January.
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