Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona play at San Mamés Barria, in a match for the 1st round of the Primera Division. At this stadium, the head ‑ to ‑ head history favors the away team, which has a record of 5 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses in the last 8 matches. However, the last time these teams met at this stadium, on 10‑02‑2019, in a match for the Primera Division, they tied (0‑0). The home advantage may play an important role in this match, since Athletic Bilbao presents significant differences between home and away results.
The home team debuts in this edition after finishing last season in 8th place. This is a home team that is stronger than when they play in front of their fans, as they have a record of 5 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses in the last 30 matches, with 22 goals scored and 22 conceded, against 9 wins, 5 draws and 1 home defeat, with 27 goals scored and 14 conceded. They come to this match after a away win against Mirandés by (1‑2). Athletic Bilbao have won 6 and tied 4 of the last 10 home matches. They have conceded goals in 9 of the last 10 matches, so their defense needs to be improved, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches. There are 1 periods that stand out in the last 5 home matches in all competitions: conceded 3 of their 6 goals between minutes (76' ‑ 90 ').
Athletic Bilbao comes for this match after a 1-2 win against Mirandés in preparation for their next official matches. We remember that the locals had a reasonable Spanish championship last season by finishing in 8th place with 53 points. Coach Gaizka Garitano is due to take a 4-3-3 formation, favoring defensive organization and counterattacks from the sides: Iker Muniain is very fast and very strong in leading the ball to attack. Spaniard Iñaki Williams has been the top scorer in Athletic Bilbao in this competition with 13 goals. In doubt for this first game are Ibai Gomez and Martínez.
This will be the first game in this edition of the away team competition, which finished the previous edition in 1st place. This is a team that usually maintains its competitive level in home and away matches, since they have a record of 8 wins, 5 draws and 2 losses in the last 30 matches, with 27 goals scored and 15 conceded. Already at home, they have won 11 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses, with a total of 31 goals scored and 11 conceded. In their last match, for the Friendlies, they got an away win against Napoli by (0‑4). In the last 10 away matches Barcelona has won 5, tied 3 and lost 2. Their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In 15 matches, they have conceded the first goal 5 times and have never been able to turn the score around.
Barcelona comes for this match after a great 0-4 win against Napoli in preparation for the next official duels: the goals were scored by Griezmann, Suarez (2) and Dembélé. Last season, the Catalans managed to win the Spanish championship title. Unsurprisingly, coach Ernesto Valverde is expected to keep the team in 4-3-3, focusing on maintaining ball possession and organized attacks, especially through the right: Dembélé is very fast and competent in driving the ball into the offense. Last league scorer Lionel Messi with 36 goals will be doubtful for this match due to injury. Besides this athlete, the coach also has Neto as a doubt.
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