Probable Lineups

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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparision

(112) 77 Goals 30 (44)
(92) 56 Assists 26 (38)
(7) 7.2 Average Ratings 6.8 (6.7)
28.5 Average Age 26.9
175.9 Average Height (cm) 182.3
(0.9) 1.2 Shots pg 1 (0.8)
(48%) 46% Aerial Duel Success 51% (49%)
(1.1) 0.9 Dribbles pg 0.6 (0.8)
(1.3) 1.4 Tackles pg 1.8 (2.2)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in LIGA BBVA.

Missing Players

Player Reason Status Rating
Eric Abidal Out 6.47
Marc Muniesa Out N/A
Alexis Sánchez Out 7.03
Marc Bartra Out 6.7
Dani Alves Out 7.14
Isaac Cuenca Doubtful N/A
Adriano Doubtful 7.13
Player Reason Status Rating
Ruiz de Galarreta Out 6.53
Carlos Gurpegi Out 6.88
Iñigo Pérez Out 6.79
Andoni Iraola Doubtful 6.68

Team News

  • Barcelona's seemingly unstoppable surge towards the title continued last weekend as a second-half masterclass from Andres Iniesta saw them thrash Levante 4-0, whilst Real Madrid slipped 11 points behind their eternal rivals with defeat at Real Betis.
  • Martin Montoya's introduction for the injured Dani Alves also meant that the Catalans played most of that game with 11 players who received at least part of their footballing education at La Masia.
  • Montoya is expected to start in place of the Brazilian again for the visit of Athletic as Alves has been ruled out for two weeks with a muscle strain.
  • Tito Vilanova had the luxury of giving most of his starts a rest in the 3-1 win over Alaves in midweek and they will all return, but David Villa may keep his place after passing the 300 career goals mark with two in that game.
  • Athletic meanwhile had an unwanted midweek trip to Israel to play their rearranged Europa League dead rubber against Hapoel Kiryat Shmona, but only four senior players made the trip and Marcelo Bielsa is expected to name an entirely different starting XI to face the league leaders.
  • Aritz Aduriz returns from suspension and will take Fernando Llorente's place up front, whilst the only doubt seems to be whether Andoni Iraola will be able to shake off a muscular problem in time to take his place.

Prediction

  • Tito Vilanova's men are continuing to set records with their start to the campaign and it is hard to see an Athletic side that have won just four of 13 league games so far this season derailing that run this weekend.
  • The Catalans are averaging 3.3 goals per game and with their defence tightening up since the return of Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique there isn't such an obvious weakness to exploit as there was in the early weeks of the season.
  • Athletic also crumbled in their last major test on the road at Real Madrid, where they were 3-0 down within half an hour, and Barca have won the last eight league meetings between the two at the Camp Nou.
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Comments (19)

 
  • Official statement is, the goal have scored Messi. That's what LFP and uefa says, and referee also have written it for Messi.

  • i would rather them make it an own goal. i dont want messi's record to be tainted in any way. hes going to get the 86 anyway, only 3 more!!!

  • FCB website gave the goal to Messi while Athletic Bilbao says it is an own goal.

  • True lafikdadi. I hope whoscored change it...

  • About second goal; if the ball goes on target we have goal for Messi, if not it's own goal. I think it's own goal :F

  • Whoa. Barca plays amazing football today.

  • According to Goal.com: Own Goal - Amorebieta; Goal.com did not give the goal to Messi; I thought the same way

  • I don't think so... It was a shot that wasn't going in, so it's an own goal, is clear.

  • This game is over

  • The goal is given to Messi; I think it was becos it was his effort that the defender was trying to stop but could not; I don't know but I feel that way and so the goal is given to him.

  • It's an own goal of Amorebieta. Please change it.

  • Is Messi goal not an OWN GOAL?

  • 3-2 for barca messi will not score today

  • Barca win, another great game for Don Andres :) 4:1 - Messi, Iniesta, Villa and i hope Pedrito. For Bilbao Susaeta.

  • barca 5, athwletiv bilboa 1, the world best player for the fourth time, leonel messi, hattrick for him

  • 6-0 for barca..messi hattrick

  • @wgscheve..me too scores 6--0 messi--4..villa--2

  • i would love to see messi get 4 lol

  • 4 1 for barcelona messi hattrick

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