28 Jan 2016, 00:30 UTC+4
Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain
Referee: Alejandro Jose Hernandez Hernandez
Games served this season: 11
Yellow cards: 60 → average: 5.45 per game
Red cards: 4
FC Barcelona: Ter Stegen, Adriano – Mascherano – Pique -A.Vidal, Rakitic – Busquets – Iniesta, Messi – Suarez – Munir
Athletic Club: Herrerin, Lekue – Laporte – Etxeita – De Marcos, Etxebarria – San Jose, Susaeta – Muniain – Aduriz
On Wednesday late at night (or Thursday VERY early in the morning) FC Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao will meet again. These teams are meeting 3rd time in last 12 days. Moreover, these teams are meeting 6th time since the season 2015/16 started. The football world may have been tired of this duel, however, the matches between these teams are labeled as “Clasico”s, and the majority of these games prove their status.
After the total fail at Spanish Super Cup in mid-August (0-4, 1-1), FC Barcelona has won all 3 matches: 2 league games (0-1, 6-0) and the Copa Del Rey ¼ final first leg match (1-2).
Now Athletic club needs to win the game with +2 goal difference, or score more than two goals. Bilbao will still have the advantage of injured Neymar and Jordi Alba missing. Statistics show that Athletic club attacks mainly from the right side (39%), putting pressure on the left-side defender, who has always been Alba. His absence gives chance to Markel Susaeta and the company to create on the right. However, Messi (recovered from injury) and Suarez (end of ban) are fully ready to play, and will try to cause problems to Athletic club.
The current forms
FC Barcelona – W_W_W_W_W
Athletic Bilbao – L_W_L_L_W
(L-lost, D – draw, W-win)