Sportpesa today’s games 05-01-2017- A Bilbao vs Barcelona

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Sportpesa today’s games 05-01-2017- A Bilbao vs Barcelona

DATETIMEGAME IDHOME TEAMDRAWAWAY TEAMHOW TO BET
05-01-201723:154881ATHLETIC BILBAO 4.873.92BARCELONA 1.64Bet Analysis
05-01-201722:453709DONCASTER 2.563.25PORTSMOUTH 2.77Bet Analysis
05-01-201713:004826PERTH GLORY 2.153.71WELLINGTON 3.17Bet Analysis
05-01-201716:001341PANIONIOS 1.983.15PAS GIANNINA 4.22Bet Analysis
05-01-201720:304981PLATANIAS 4.963.25PANATHINAIKOS 1.81Bet Analysis
05-01-201712:001658KERKYRA U20 4.523.70ATROMITOS U20 1.64Bet Analysis
05-01-201716:004064SHABAB AL ORDUN 2.253.02AL HUSSEIN IRBID 3.07
05-01-201702:005554ATLETICO PE 1.453.46AFOGADOS INGAZEIRA PE 4.31
05-01-201702:002100VITORIA PE 2.243.08AMERICA PE 2.28
05-01-201712:001658KERKYRA U20 4.523.70ATROMITOS U20 1.64
05-01-201721:004098SPORTING GAGNOA 2.292.80AS TANDA 3.26
05-01-201716:004064SHABAB AL ORDUN 2.253.02AL HUSSEIN IRBID 3.07
05-01-201715:552266EMIRATES CLUB 2.533.41HATTA 2.43
05-01-201719:003787AL AIN 1.733.52AL NASR DUBAI 4.18

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Sportpesa today’s games 05-01-2017 – Marquee Match up

Athletic Bilbao welcome Barca to the San Mamés Barria in this first leg of the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey. 

ATHLETIC BILBAO VS BARCELONA

Sportpesa today's games 05-01-2017

Sportpesa today’s games 05-01-2017: MATCH FACTS

Both these teams play in the Spanish top league La Liga. In this league,

  • Barcelona are 2nd with 34 points from 16 games, they have 10 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses.
  • Their last 5 games have been 2 wins and 3 draws (WWDDD). They are on a 9 match unbeaten run with 6 wins and 3 draws.
  • Their last game out was a 4-1 hammering of Espanyol before the christmas break.
  • Athletic are 7th on the table with 26 points from 16 games, they have 8 wins 2 draws and 6 losses.
  • Their last 5 games have been 3 wins and 2 losses (WLWLW).
  • Their last game out was a 2-1 win over 13th seed Celta Vigo.

Sportpesa today’s games 05-01-2017: H2H

  • These two teams have met 58 times with Barca dominating to the tune of 38-8 and 12 draws.
  • Barca have won the last 5 meetings between them with a goal agrregate of 13-3. The last time that Athletic beat Barca was a 4-0 affair in August 2015 during the super cup.
  • Their last meeting was in August where Barca won 1-0 on the road.

Sportpesa today’s games 05-01-2017: LINE UPS AND PLAYER NEWS

Oscar de Marcos, Ager Aketxe and Yeray Alvarez are all out with Injuries but Benat Etxebarria is available after a muscle strain.

Atheltic Bilbao Predictied Line ups: Iraizoz; Lekue, San Jose, Boveda, Balenziaga; Benat, Rico; Williams, Garcia, Muniain; Aduriz

Barcelona Pridected Line ups: Ter Stegen; Vidal, Pique, Umtiti, Digne; Rakitic, Busquets, Gomes; Messi, Suarez, Neymar

Goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen is out with a leg injury.  Jeremy Mathieu did not travel, neither have defender Aleix Vidal, who did play against Hercules in the last round, and Denis Suarez. These guys are all healthy scratches.

Why Bilbao will win

Manager Ernesto Valverde is very familiar with Spanish football and he sure will have a plan to stifle Barca‘s fluid passing game. He is a former Barca player who is well schooled in the club’s philosophy.

Why Barcelona will win

Barca are always favored in any game that they play and expect them to use their high powered offense that scores at a successive rate 2.56 a game to punish the hosts. In Barca’s last unbeaten run, they have scored 19 goals vs just 7 conceded and have 4 clean sheets. Plus they have the power trio of Messi, Neymar and Suarez.

Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Prediction

Barca have not really been themselves lately and while they did hammer Hercules at home on the return leg, they could only muster a draw on the first leg. Luis Enrique seems to be taking this seriously however since he has named his squad earlier than usual and it does include Messi who many thought he might rest.

If the full complemented squad plays then it would be tough to go against them even though our trusty probability index gives this game a draw.

Sportpesa today's games 05-01-2017

So we will hedge here and give this a double chance of a Barca win or a draw.

DATETIMEGAME IDHOME TEAMDRAWAWAY TEAMHOW TO BET
05-01-201723:154881ATHLETIC BILBAO 4.873.92BARCELONA 1.64Bet Analysis
05-01-201722:453709DONCASTER 2.563.25PORTSMOUTH 2.77Bet Analysis
05-01-201713:004826PERTH GLORY 2.153.71WELLINGTON 3.17Bet Analysis
05-01-201716:001341PANIONIOS 1.983.15PAS GIANNINA 4.22Bet Analysis
05-01-201720:304981PLATANIAS 4.963.25PANATHINAIKOS 1.81Bet Analysis
05-01-201712:001658KERKYRA U20 4.523.70ATROMITOS U20 1.64Bet Analysis
05-01-201716:004064SHABAB AL ORDUN 2.253.02AL HUSSEIN IRBID 3.07
05-01-201702:005554ATLETICO PE 1.453.46AFOGADOS INGAZEIRA PE 4.31
05-01-201702:002100VITORIA PE 2.243.08AMERICA PE 2.28
05-01-201712:001658KERKYRA U20 4.523.70ATROMITOS U20 1.64
05-01-201721:004098SPORTING GAGNOA 2.292.80AS TANDA 3.26
05-01-201716:004064SHABAB AL ORDUN 2.253.02AL HUSSEIN IRBID 3.07
05-01-201715:552266EMIRATES CLUB 2.533.41HATTA 2.43
05-01-201719:003787AL AIN 1.733.52AL NASR DUBAI 4.18

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