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Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao Prediction & Betting Tips – 18th March 2018

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Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao La Liga, 18th March 3.15pm

Barcelona are back on cruise control towards the La Liga title and hold an eight-point advantage at the top heading into the weekend over Atletico Madrid. They are just easing themselves along and a match against a side in the bottom half of the table at the Nou Camp isn’t likely to trip them up, even on the back of midweek Champions League action.

Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao Betting Odds*

Barcelona 1/6, Draw 13/2, Athletic Bilbao 12/1* (Betting Odds taken at 01:26 a.m. on March 14th, 2018)

Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao Betting Tips

The Catalans are cruising their way to the league title and they have won their last two games in the Spanish top flight. After their Champions League round of sixteen win over Chelsea in midweek, they just are easing their way through games. At home, this season in La Liga Barcelona have a W11 D2 record where they have averaged nearly three goals per game (2.92). That’s a whopping 38 goals in 13 games. Their control in games takes so much pressure off their back line and they have conceded just six goals at home so far this term and Barcelona to win to nil at bet365 is at 8/11 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 010:02 p.m. on March 14th, 2018). They have taken a clean sheet in 60% of their home games so far.

Lionel Messi has scored in four of Barcelona’s last five home games in the league and he is bet365 first goalscorer favourite at 7/4 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 010:02 p.m. on March 14th, 2018) and has tallied 15 goals at the Nou Camp in the league this term. Barcelona have scored at least three goals in each of their last three home games against Athletic Bilbao and won 2-0 on the road against them earlier this season. Barcelona are on a three-match winning streak against them in all competitions and in league meetings, the Catalans have won each of the last eight.

Bilbao starts the weekend down in twelfth place in the league and they are a bit hit and miss. They have gone W2 D2 L2 in their last six league games and both wins there were on home soil. Their away form isn’t up to much though having lost each of their last three away from home in the league and without scoring in any of those too. Overall they have only won three times on their travels so probably are not going to be much of a threat to the home side. Their defence has been superb at home, but on the road not so much, having conceded an average of 1.6 goals per game. They are without a clean sheet in any of their last five away from home and have conceded at least two goals in each of their last four away games. Over 2.5 goals at bet365 may be worth a poke at 4/9 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 010:02 p.m. on March 14th, 2018).

Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao Head to Head

Barcelona have won their last four games at the Nou Camp against Bilbao in all competitions, and they scored at least three goals in each of those wins. Barcelona are on an eight-match winning streak against Bilbao in La Liga after securing a 2-0 away win against them back in October. Each of their last five league wins over Bilbao have been with a clean sheet.

Who will win – Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao Predictions

Barcelona have been immense at home this season and are probably going to have too much for the visitors to handle. They face a low scoring Bilbao side and that presents an opportunity to back Barcelona to win to nil.

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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!

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