Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona takes place on Sunday at 8pm (UK time).
The Blaugrana‘s bid to win their first La Liga title since 2018/19 is starting to take serious shape, with Xavi’s men currently leading Clasico rivals Real Madrid by six points after 24 matches and that’s with Los Blancos having already played this weekend. The Catalan club have the psychological advantage after beating Real in the Supercopa de Espana last month in Saudi Arabia and have the best defensive record in Europe, with only eight goals conceded.
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Three reasons to watch Barcelona online
Few clubs elicit the kind of excitement that Barcelona have generated over the years thanks to their seductive attacking play. When the term ‘liquid football’ comes up, Barca’s name tends be in the same sentence. But, their level of excellence this campaign has come more from their defensive competence, rather than a typically mesmeric frontline.
Quite incredibly, Xavi’s men have shipped just eight goals this season, keeping 18 cleans sheets in their 24 matches. The collective rearguard action has been stellar, but spare a thought for Marc-Andre ter Stegen, whose dextrous exploits between the sticks have been match-winning at times.
The German has a 85.45% save record, the highest in La Liga among goalkeepers to have played at least five matches, and has also conceded 11.7 fewer goals than his Expected Goals Against (8 from 19.7). For all the potency and cut-throat devastation up front, Ter Stegen’s artisanal assurance has given Xavi a platform upon which to build his team around. They often say a defence is more stable when they trust their ‘keeper; Ter Stegen has proven a safe pair of hands, and then some.
Lewandowski’s Pichichi ambitions
Robert Lewandowski has scored 14 goals from open play in La Liga this season; only Erling Haaland (18), Victor Osimhen and Kylian Mbappe (both 15) have netted more from open play in Europe’s top five leagues. The prolific Pole has acclimatised to Iberian football like a duck to water and very much translated his Kicker-Torjagerkanone exploits to Catalonia.
When Lionel Messi parted his beloved club in 2021, Barca were left with a gaping void that was impossible to fill, a notion reinforced by their struggle to find a consistent goal-getter last campaign. Memphis Depay and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang shared the collective burden, but they both fired just 13 goals apiece in all competitions.
This season, though, Lewandowski has sought to remedy some of the attacking weakness. Across 2022/23, the former Bayern Munich marksman has been a penalty-box assassin, breaching nets for fun and already racking up a 25-goal haul in all competitions. Score one more and he will have already doubled their top scorer(s) from last term.
Golden Boy Gavi
The Camp Nou has long been associated with a reputation for emerging stars to thrust their names into the collective footballing psyche and rise to prominence. That stance does not look like abating anytime soon, with Pedri recently making his 100th Barca appearance, and Gavi continuing his stratospheric climb.
The 18-year-old was a recent standout star in the Supercopa de Espana final win over Real Madrid, scoring to become the second-youngest player to net against Barca’s Clasico adversaries for the club. He also became the youngest player ever to bag in the final of Spain’s annual competition.
Already capped 17 times by Spain, the 2022 Golden Boy winner is in good company with his manager, Xavi, who established his own reputation as one of the club’s most gifted and loyal midfield servants during a glittering 17-year career. The current boss will be hoping his protege can make similar inroads at his sacred home.
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Athletic Bilbao team news
Athletic Bilbao have been hit in recent weeks by injury to first-choice goalkeeper Unai Simon. The incident occurred in the first half of their 3-2 defeat to Girona and he managed to make it until half time before coming off. Julen Agirrezabala was the man to replace him, and after keeping a clean sheet in the second half of that game, the 22-year-old kept another last time out.
Also on the sidelines are Inigo Lekue, Ander Herrera and Jon Morcillo, but the former Manchester United man isn’t expected to be out for too long.
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