Barcelona will play away with Athletic in the second round of the Spanish Championship. The match will take place on August 21 in Bilbao, beginning at 23:00 Moscow time. Athletic – Barcelona: forecast , rate, odds, statistics.
Athletic finished tenth in the last Spanish Championship. But the club was satisfied with the season.
First, Athletic won the Spanish Super Cup. The Basques beat Real Madrid in the semifinals and Barcelona in the final. And a little later, the club from Bilbao reached the final of the Spanish Cup. And here in the decisive match Barcelona was the rival, but this time Athletic lost.
All positive changes in Athletic’s game are connected, first of all, with the appointment of Marcelino to the post of head coach . Under his leadership, the team has seriously added at some point.
Athletic started the new Spanish championship with an away match against Elche, which ended in a 0-0 draw.
The main inriga of the entire football season – what will Barcelona do without Lionel Messi ?!
This question was partially answered last Sunday. Barça effectively sorted out at the Camp Nou with Real Sociedad – 4: 2.
At some point, the Catalans were leading 3: 0, but then they conceded two goals. One can speak about relaxation only with the first goal. The second goal was scored by the Basques from Mikel Oyarzabal’s crazy free-kick. In general, I had to get a little nervous, but it didn’t come to panic – Barça’s fourth goal calmed the opponent down.
It is symbolic that the first Barcelona goal after Messi’s transfer to PSG was scored by Gerer Piquet , who, the day before the match with Real Sociedad, agreed to a significant salary cut so that the club could register new players.
Martin Braithwaite unexpectedly became the main character of the match . The Danish forward scored two goals and provided an effective pass. And in general, I must say that Braithwaite had a really outstanding match.
Forecast and rate
You can bet on Athletic in this match at 4.40 , download 1xbet are offering a draw at 3.92 , and Barcelona’s victory at 1.92 .
One of those cases when it is better not to bet on Barça. And the point here is not that with Messi’s departure the team has become weaker (although it is still too early to speak about this with full confidence).
The matches in Bilbao have always been a test for the Catalans. The presence or absence of Messi did not affect this in any way.
Bet – total over 2.5 for 1.87 .
You can also consider a bet on the second half total over 1.5 for 2.01 .