Bilbao vs Barcelona by Valfree
Athletic Bilbao won this tournament 22 times. But they lost last 5 games against Barcelona. Three of these 5 games were played on "San Mames". This is definitely one of the hardest rivals for Bilbao. This will be the first official match of the new year for both teams. Christmas break was a little more than two weeks.
Barcelona is in a series of five consecutive wins and in Copa del Rey they are unbeaten in 20 consecutive matches. In the previous round Barca smashed Hercules 7: 0. There will be a second game between these two teams, which means that Barcelona could save some energies. Barca have a very difficult visit over the weekend against Villarreal It is quite possible Luis Enrique to leave some star players to the bench.
Interesting facts about the game:
Athletic Bilbao has 10 wins and 1 draw in their last 11 home games in all competitions.
Last 5 Bilbao home games in Copa del Rey ended with more than 2.5 goals.
Barca is unbeaten in their last 24 visits in Copa del Rey.
4 of the last 5 Barca away games in Copa del Rey ended with less than 2.5 goals.
Guests are undisputed favorite in this clash, but we all know how dedicated are Atletic Bilbao, especially at "San Mames". This game will not be easy for Barcelona and I believe there is a high probability Athletic Bilbao to take something from this game.
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