Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Spanish Copa Del Rey. Date: Thursday, 5th January 2017. Kick-off at 20:15 UK. Venue: Estadio San Mames, Bilbao.
Athletic Bilbao enjoyed a 5-1 aggregate win over Segunda Division B side; the lions started their 2016/2017 Copa Del Rey campaign with a 2-1 away and 3-0 home thrashing of Santander in December. Bilbao will continue their search for a first Copa Del Rey laurel since 1984; been the 2nd most successful team in competition with 23 Copa Del Rey championship.
On the other hand, Barcelona started their tittle defence with an 8-1 aggregate win over Hercules. The Catalan held nothing back as they cruised to the round of 16, and kick start the search for their 29th Copa Del Rey championship. Barcelona is the tournament most successful team, and won 3 of the last 5 Copa Del Rey.
Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona: Head-to-Head Statistics
Both sides will be meeting for the 3rd consecutive season in this competition; Bilbao lost the final to Barcelona in 2014/2015 season, and were also defeated by same Barcelona side in the quarter final stage of the competition last season.
Moreover, both side lock horns for the 1st leg of their two legged meeting this season at the San Mames stadium in Bilbao. Ivan Rakitic’s 21st minute strike ensure Barcelona gather the maximum point in that encounter.
Going into this clash, Barcelona enjoys 5 straight win in their last 5 competitive games with Athletic Bilbao. This include 3 straight wins at the San Mames stadium, the home of Bilbao.
Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona: Prediction
Going into the clash, Bilbao will be looking to end they poor run in games with Barcelona; having lost in 8 of their last 10 competitive meetings with the defending champions. Both sides will be meeting for the 3rd consecutive season in the competition, with Barcelona having the big smile in the previous 2 occasions.
However, Barcelona are in better form going into this encounter; netting in 14 goals in their last 3 competitive. Bilbao have also been very decent in recent, and will give definitely bring great quality and class into this clash. However, Luis Enrique’s men will prove too good enough for the hosts and an easy victory with a comfortable 2 goal margin is on the cards.
Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona: Bet Tips
Full-Time Asian Handicap – Barcelona -1.5 at 2.600.