Athletic Club Vs Barcelona La Liga Matchday 31

Posted by Derrick Harper on June 23, 2020 in

Well the La Liga race is definitely on now after Barcelona was held to a 0-0 draw at Sevilla on Friday and watched rivals Real Madrid win on Sunday to force a tie atop the table. Barca returns to action Tuesday against Athletic Club with a chance to put pressure on Los Blancos who host 18th place Mallorca on Wednesday. Meanwhile Los Leones are in ninth place and just five points away from a Europa League spot. Let’s have a look at how these teams arrive into this matchup so you can place your bets against their La Liga odds.

Athletic Club Vs Barcelona Betting Preview

These teams have met twice already this season with Athletic Club winning both contests 1-0 with very late winners. They beat Barca, who did not have Lionel Messi, in the La Liga opener August 16 as Aritz Aduriz scored in the 89th minute. On February 6 an own goal by Sergio Busquets in the third minute of added time gave ATH a 1-0 Copa del Rey quarterfinal win in Bilbao.

FC Barcelona Betting Preview – Bounce Back

Barcelona had 64% of the possession against Sevilla on the road last weekend but couldn’t breakthrough with a goal in the 0-0 draw. The result snapped their three-match win streak as Marc-Andre Ter Stegen made four saves for the clean sheet.

Messi has a team-best 26 goals and 18 assists in 34 total games while season while both Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suares have 14 goals. Ter Stegen has allowed 34 goals in 37 total games with 14 clean sheets and 24 wins while defender Gerard Pique leads position players in minutes played.

Barcelona have surprisingly been held without a goal twice in their last five games but still lead La Liga with 69 goals scored in 30 games. They are sixth-best in goals allowed at 31 and lead the league with a +38 goal differential.

Athletic Club Betting Preview – Barca Magic

Los Leones have had the magical touch against Barca this season with two late goals for wins and also drew twice against the champions last season. The last time Athletic Club lost to Barcelona was a 2-0 setback at Camp Nou on March 18, 2018. ATH will play in the Copa del Rey final against Real Sociedad but can also get to Europe by chasing down Valencia, Sociedad and Villarreal in the table.

Athletic beat Betis 1-0 on Saturday for their first win since they restart and they have three straight positive results with two draws. Defender Inigo Martinez scored the only goal of the game in the seventh minute at San Marmes. They had less of the possession but Unai Simon made four saves to earn the clean sheet.

On the season Raul Garcia leads the way with 10 total goals while Ander Capa has fie assists. Simon has started 30 of 36 games on the season with 12 wins, 13 clean sheets and just 25 goals allowed. Los Leones have allowed the third lowest tally in goals on the season with 26 and have a +7 goal differential.

Athletic Club Vs Barcelona General Match Info & Betting Lines

The two-time defending champs have won 25 of their last 27 home La Liga games and overall they have played 38 games in a row at Camp Nou without a loss. Their current win streak at home is at eight games but keep in mind they drew at home against Los Leones last season. The way Athletic play defense and get late magic against Barcelona look for the under to hit on this one, and a draw is a sneaky good bet too given the odds.

My Bookie Free Pick: Under 3 goals (-126)