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Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona: Predictions
Bilbao have endured a tough route to the final, seeing off Real Betis and Levante in the previous two rounds to reach this stage following games against lower-league UD Ibiza and Alcoyano. After recently losing the rearranged 2019/20 Copa del Rey final to Basque rivals Real Sociedad, Marcelino’s men will be looking to make amends by lifting the latest edition of the tournament.
But Barcelona are in decent form. The Blaugrana enjoyed a nine-game unbeaten streak prior to their El Clasico loss last time out, which included a remarkable 3-0 win over Sevilla in the second leg of their semi-final, overturning a 2-0 deficit from the first leg. Barca are the most successful side in this competition with 30 wins under their belts to date, including four in a row between 2015 and 2018. But Bilbao are second with 23 and recently beat the Catalan giants in the Spanish Super Cup, so they certainly have what it takes to get it done.
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Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona: Match Stats
Barcelona have won a record 30 Copa del Rey titles, while Bilbao are second with 23. Real Madrid are the next-closest team with 19 titles.
All three of the meetings between these two sides so far this season have featured a goal from either Lionel Messi or Antoine Griezmann. They’ve also all seen at least three goals, with both teams scoring on every occasion.
Bilbao have lost their last five Copa del Rey finals, while Barcelona have only ever lost 11 of their 42 appearances. One of those defeats came in their last final, however, when they went down 2-1 to Valencia in 2019.
Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Athletic Bilbao 1-2 Barcelona
31/01/21 – Barcelona 2-1 Athletic Bilbao (La Liga)
17/01/21 – Barcelona 2-3 Athletic Bilbao (Spanish Super Cup)
06/01/21 – Athletic Bilbao 2-3 Barcelona (La Liga)
23/06/20 – Barcelona 1-0 Athletic Bilbao (La Liga)
06/02/20 – Athletic Bilbao 1-0 Barcelona (Copa del Rey)
Although they won last time out in January, Barcelona have beaten Bilbao just three times in their last eight meetings, with the Basque club often causing the Blaugrana problems. Bilbao beat Barca earlier this year to win the Spanish Super Cup while they were also victorious in their last Copa del Rey meeting in February 2020.