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FC Barcelona will host Athletic Bilbao for a weekend clash this Sunday, as matchweek 26 of the ongoing Spanish La Liga season draws to an end.
Barcelona, which is in the midst of its worst season in many years, had managed to gain some amount of grip on the proceedings, as it has not lost a game in the last 5 consecutive outings. This includes a draw against SSC Napoli in the first leg of the knockout stages in the Europa League. Talking about La Liga, the team has not faced any losses since early December, when it lost against Real Betis.
Picking up points in each of its last 9 games means that Barcelona has gradually moved up the points table, and is currently on the 4th spot with 42 points. However, with clubs like Atletico and Villarreal close on their heels, Barcelona cannot afford any more slip-ups and needs to pick up as many points as it can to move deeper into the top 4.
In its latest outing within the top flight, Barcelona beat Valencia by a convincing 4-1 score and will be feeling pretty confident going into this game.
Athletic Club seems to have hit a good form at the right time. Barring the loss against Mallorca, the club has collected points from 5 of its last 6 games. In the previous game, Athletic Club scored a convincing 4-0 win against Real Sociedad and will be feeling pretty confident going to Barcelona.
A win here will also help them immensely as they take on Valencia next week in the second leg of the Copa del Rey semifinals.
Match prediction and betting tips for F. C. Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao La Liga 2021-22. The match is going to be played at Camp Nou, Barcelona, on 27th February 2022.
After being thrown out of the race for Spain's glory as well as Champions League, Barcelona is desperate for some consolation in the way of a top 4 finish. This game at home will provide them with a great opportunity to move further in accomplishing their goal. However, Xavi has very little scope of making a change in his playing eleven, as Barcelona remains plagued by a long absentee list. These include Samuel Umtiti, Memphis Depay, Alex Balde, Sergi Roberto, Ansu Fati, and Clement Lenglet. Moussa Wague and Jordi Alba will be serving suspensions.
The visitors on the other hand have most of their availability for selection, except for Nico Williams, who is injured. Buoyed by the return of Dani Alves, Gerard Pique, and Oier Zarraga, Athletic Club is expected to provide a stiff resistance to the hosts. However, given their recent form, Barca should win this one.
Bet on Barcelona to win.