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    Athletic Bilbao - Barcelona (Copa del Rey) 20.01.2016

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    It will be guaranteed action and sound from the stands, and we'll se an Athletic Bilbao side fighting for revenge as they take on Barcelona at San Mames in Copa del Rey 1.leg today. Kick off at 21.00 (CET). The home team was outclassed by Barcelona at Camp Nou in the league only three days ago, the final score became ugly 6-0. Valverde's men will play with extreme passion today, and hope to get a good result before the 2.leg at Camp Nou.

    Athletic Bilbao has been really strong in the league so far, as usual it's home at San Mames they impress. Sits on a 9th place in la Liga, but at home they've got 5-2-2. Only Barcelona (0-1) and Real Madrid (1-2) have taken home three points from Basque County this season, that was back in respectively August and September.

    Athletic boss Ernesto Valverde rested both Ander Iturraspe (midfield), Markel Susaeta (midfield) in the 6-0 loss against Barcelona in the weekend, besides top goalscorer Aritz Aduriz was suspended in that match but he's back today. We shouldn't look so much at the result, Athletic goalkeeper Iraizoz was sent off after just 5 minutes of play, Barcelona got a penalty and thereafter it was an easy task for The Catalans with 11 against 10.

    Only unavailable player for Athletic Bilbao is injured Raul Garcia (striker). This team is very strong without injuries. Strength with Laporte in the back four, an elegant deep playmaker in Benat, a very promising and fearless Inaki Williams in the midfield, and of course the top goalscorer Aduriz, who are extremely important for The Basques.

    Expected lineup Athletic Bilbao:

    Herrerin
    de Marcos – Laporte – Etxeita – Balenziaga
    Iturraspe – Benat
    Inaki Williams – Eraso – Susaeta
    Aduriz

    Luis Enrique's Barcelona is on a 2nd place in the league, amazing home stats at Camp Nou, but away from home the numbers are mediocre 4-2-2. Enerique says at the press conference ahead of the game, that this is going to be whole different game than at the weekend. «It's always difficult when you come to San Mames to play, with a home team seeking revenge with the crown at their backs.»

    Barcelona got problems ahead of this match, there will be changes in the starting eleven. Rafinha (midfield) and Jeremy Mathieu (defender) are out injured. On the offensive Barcelona will miss out Luis Suarez (spiss) who is suspended, Suarez has been outstanding this season and is of course very important for this Barca side. But the problems are bigger, Lionel Messi will probably start on the bench, manager Enrique explained that Messi has some sort of soreness, but are not injured. Messi will probably be rested from start in this match. Then it's only Neymar left from «the trefoil» at top for the visitors. This is a good advantage for Athletic Bilbao. There are also 2.legs to be played in Copa del Rey, and Barca's got a good opportunity to repair a loss at home in the 2.leg.

    Expected lineup Barcelona:

    ter Stegen
    Alves – Pique – Mascherano – Alba
    Rakitic – Busquets – Iniesta
    El Haddadi – Arda Turan – Neymar

    We see a good value on a home win in the cup today. It will be a crazy atmosphere in The Basque County and a huge working-rate from the home side, who will show their supporters what they can do home at San Mames. Because of 2 legs in the cup and the offensive absence of Barcelona, we don't believe Barcelona should be so big favourites today as the bookmakers believes. Athletic Bilbao also got rested players back like Iturraspe, Susaeta and their top goalscorer Aduriz. The last 5 meetings at San Mames between these two clubs shows: 2 Athletic Bilbao wins and 3 Barcelona wins. We bet on a home win in The Basque County.



    Athletic Bilbao – Barcelona 1

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