Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Betting Tips

Athletic Bilbao are hosting Barcelona in the San Mames, Bilbao on the 22nd of August 2021, Sunday at 01:30 IST. Both teams had contrasting starts to their campaign. Barcelona would hope to keep the momentum and Bilbao will try to get their first three points of the season. 

Athletic Bilbao Form and Team News

Athletic Bilbao opened their season in the La Liga with a frustrating draw against Elche last week. They finished last season as the 11th-placed team. They in the last few seasons have been there and thereabouts in the top half of the table to say the least. Athletic Bilbao can seize this chance to beat the mighty Barca in their own den, Barca are not the Barca that used to be anymore and if there is any vulnerability that the opponents can capitalise on, that is now, they are in a very bad state now and Bilbao if they play well they can cause the first upset of the season.

Coach Marcelino had to start to manage this team at the start of this year and has been having a decent outing so far. He has not been winning much and his win per cent is around forty per cent, which in the course of this season, he would like to increase a bit. Iker Muniain and Agirrezabala combined with defender Balenziaga had a great game against Elche last week. But if they need to win, they will need to score some goals to top it and defend like how they did last week, only a combination of both can help them. 

Barcelona Form and Team News

In the first game, Barcelona rolled back a vintage performance and in turn managed to get the first three points of this season against Sociedad. Barcelona are going through their worst crisis on and off the field, they finished last season as the third best team. Barcelona’s recent form has been decent, they have won six in the last ten and have lost two games in the lead up to this game while also drawing two games in the process. This Barcelona team is full of youngsters who can really make a difference to all that’s been happening in Camp Nou with their football, if they falter, this club could probably start falling apart like some other old European giants who don’t have a name nowadays.

The After Messi era began last Sunday and it showed a bit of promise nonetheless. Now it’s about the momentum. They have got it and whether they’ll be able to keep it, only time will tell. Koeman has problems aplenty and he needs to address them quickly and get the team moving in the right direction, Depay has gelled well with the team so far and his collaboration with Griezzy at the front could become the telling factor. Pedri after the hectic last season would’ve got his much needed rest and De Jong, Puig combined, this team has a talented bunch of players who really can make the difference.

Odds by Casumo

Barcelona are favorites to win according to the Casumo Sportsbook. They are placed at 1.89 odds while Athletic Bilbao is placed at 4.10. The odds for a draw is 3.60.

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Our Tipster’s Angle

Barcelona in spite of all that’s been happening around them still starts as favourites in whatever they are playing for. This comes from the system they have in place and the youth academy capable of producing talented youngsters. Whether these guys would be able to replicate at least a small portion of what Messi achieved here is a matter of concern but they still can produce results like they did last week. They start as favourites here as well.

Tip 1: Barcelona to win

Barcelona as said above are displaying the brand of football they are famous for in the recent matches and are looking like they are probably likely to continue with the same in the upcoming matches given the form of the players. Athletic Bilbao, on the other hand, have not been able to translate their play into goals and that might come back to hurt them in the games against stronger oppositions. The Barca side have a better record against Bilbao in the head to head matches as well. Playing head to head against Athletic Bilbao, they have won all three of the last three games played in this tournament. And while playing head to head in Athletic, Barcelona have not lost in the last two games and not just lost but have won all these games. So it’s quite likely that Barcelona will win this game. According to the Casumo Sportsbook, the odds for the same is 1.89.

Tip 2: Total goals over 2.5

Barcelona have in the last six matches across competitions have had all six matches where the total goal tally was over 2.5 goals. While in the last five away games that Barcelona have played, they have managed to be over the limit in four matches of those. Athletic Bilbao also were involved in two of the last four matches which had the total goals to be over 2.5. Playing at home, three of the last five games have also seen Athletic Bilbao satisfying the above criteria to the fullest. Four of the last four head to head matches between the two sides also had over 2.5 goals in total. So the game between Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao on Sunday will most likely have a total of over 2.5 goals in it. The odds for Total goals over 2.5 according to the Casumo Sportsbook is 1.74.

Conclusion

Barcelona have started the season pretty well. Bilbao on the other end did not start well. They had to be content with a draw in the first game. Let’s hope for a change in the fortune in Bilbao’s end while Barca needs to keep the momentum. Summarising on a couple of tips from above:

  1. Barcelona to win  @ 1.89.
  2. Total goals over 2.5 @ 1.74

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