Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao prediction and betting tips (October 23)
Barcelona host Athletic Bilbao in the next league fixture. They were able to get a comfortable win in their previous game. Barca have the momentum to get 3 points from this match.
Robert Lewandowski is La Liga’s top scorer in La Liga with 11 goals in 10 games
Robert Lewandowski is La Liga’s top scorer in La Liga with 11 goals in 10 games
by Paul Awoniyi Paul Awoniyi

Barcelona take on Athletic Club in Round 11 of the 2022-23 La Liga season.

The match is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m. GMT on Sunday, 23 October 2022. The match venue is Camp Nou, Barcelona.

Latest odds on betting sites

Barcelona to win odds are priced at 1.55 (-180 American; 5/9 Fractional), the odds for a draw are priced at 4.50 (+350; 7/2), while Athletic Bilbao to win odds are priced at 5.50 (+450; 9/2).

The chances of these outcomes are as follows: Barcelona — 60%, draw — 22%, Athletic Bilbao — 18%.

Latest betting odds on Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao (23 October 2022):

  • Over 2.5 goals — 1.61 (-164; 25/41)
  • Under 2.5 goals — 2.30 (+130; 13/10)
  • Asian handicap (-1.0) on Barcelona — 1.91 (-110; 10/11)
  • Asian handicap (+1.0) on Athletic Bilbao — 1.98 (-102; 50/51)
  • Both teams to score (Yes) — 1.71 (-140; 5/7)
  • Both teams to score (No) — 2.05 (+105; 21/20)

Match preview and statistics

Barcelona are second in the league table with 25 points and a +20 goal difference. They were able to get it right in the last game. Xavi’s men got a 3-0 win against Villarreal.

Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring in the 31st minute. Jordi Alba squared the ball to him. He dummied and turned before firing the ball into the centre of the box. Lewandowski doubled the lead and scored a brace in the 35th minute.

Gavi drove through the midfield despite being pulled before sending the ball to Lewan on the left wing. The striker cut inside before pulling the trigger from the edge of the box into the far corner. Ansu Fati made it 3-nil in the 38th minute. His first attempt hit the post, but he quickly used the backheel to bury it. Ferran Torres dribbled into the box before finding Fati.

Team statistics: 70% possession, 2.09 expected goals, 16 total shots, five shots on target, four big chances, 716 accurate passes, 94% pass accuracy, 18 fouls committed, and eight corners.

Barcelona team news: Andreas Christensen, Memphis Depay and Ronald Araujo are sidelined due to injuries.

Athletic Bilbao are sixth in the league table with 18 points and a +11 goal difference. They have two wins, two draws and a loss in their previous five games. Bilbao drew 2-2 with Getafe in their last game.

Inaki Willimas scored in the second minute with a shot from the middle of the box to the bottom corner, following the through ball from Ander Herrera. In the 27th minute, Carles Alena pulled one back with a shot into the bottom right corner. Enes Unal gave the assist.

Raul Garcia restored Bilbao’s lead in the 62nd minute with a left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner, Nico Williams with the assist. Munir El Haddadi equalised with a shot into the top corner of the next. Carles Alena assisted the goal.

Team statistics: 59% possession, 0.96 expected goals, 14 total shots, four shots on target, one big chance, 443 accurate passes, 84% pass accuracy, 11 fouls committed, four corners and four yellow cards.

Athletic Bilbao team news: No player is injured or suspended.

Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao H2H

In the previous five meetings., Barca have three wins, Bilbao have a win and a draw. La Blaugrana won 4-nil in the previous meeting.

Lineups and key players

Barcelona projected starting lineup:

  • Marc-Andre Ter Stegen
  • Sergi Roberto
  • Marcus Alonso
  • Jules Kounde
  • Alex Balde
  • Sergio Busquets
  • Pablo Gavi
  • Pedri
  • Ousmane Dembele
  • Robert Lewandowski
  • Ansu Fati

Robert Lewandowski is the key player to watch out for. He lifted Barca out of the slump they were in their last match with the two goals he scored in the first half. Lewandowski is La Liga’s top scorer in La Liga with 11 goals in 10 games.

Athletic Bilbao projected starting lineup:

  • Unai Simon
  • Oscar de Marcos
  • Yeray Alvarez
  • Inigo Martinez
  • Inigo Lekue
  • Ander Herrera
  • Mikel Vesga
  • Oihan Sancet
  • Nico Williams
  • Iker Muniain
  • Inaki Williams

Nico Williams is the key player to watch out for. He has six goals contributions in 10 league games, with three goals and an assist. Williams provided an assist in their last match against Getafe.

Prediction and betting tips

Barcelona were winless for two games, but Xavi turned things around and won their last match. Getafe, on the other hand, have not won in three matches. They have two draws and a draw. Barca won 4-nil in the previous h2h match.

Predictions for this match are Barcelona to win, Robert Lewandowski to score at anytime and over 2.5 goals. Barcelona are unbeaten at home in the league this season, with four wins and a draw. Both teams have totalled over 2.5 goals in the previous two meetings. Lewandowski is in good form and should be able to score at least one goal.

Betting prediction: Barcelona to win

Odds: 1.55 (-180 American; 5/9 Fractional)

Betting prediction: Over 2.5 goals

Odds: 1.61 (-164 American; 25/41 Fractional)

Betting prediction: Robert Lewandowski to score at anytime

Odds: 1.83 (-120 American; 5/6 Fractional)

Barcelona — Athletic Bilbao
Robert Lewandowski to score at anytime
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