Probable Lineups


Probable Lineups Statistical Comparison

(57) 37 Goals 77 (109)
(42) 31 Assists 51 (79)
(6.7) 6.9 Average Ratings 7.3 (7)
35.1 Average Age 35.9
183.3 Average Height (cm) 177.6
(0.8) 0.9 Shots pg 1.3 (1)
(57%) 59% Aerial Duel Success 56% (56%)
(0.4) 0.5 Dribbles pg 0.8 (0.8)
(1.7) 1.4 Tackles pg 1.2 (1.4)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in Primera Division.

Missing Players

Athletic Bilbao
Player Reason Status Rating
Jonás Ramalho Out N/A
Iñaki Williams Out 6.8
Iker Muniain Out 6.68
Kike Sola Out 6.09
Mikel Balenziaga Doubtful 6.9
Xabier Etxeita Doubtful 6.86
Mikel San José Doubtful 7.05
Ander Iturraspe Doubtful 6.63
Player Reason Status Rating
Neymar Out 8.43
Adriano Out 6.68
Douglas Out 6.08
Jérémy Mathieu Out 6.76
Gerard Piqué Out 7.14
Jordi Alba Doubtful 7.05

Team News

Athletic Bilbao
  • Ernesto Valverde has plenty of injuries to contend with, given that Inaki Williams, Jonas Ramalho and Iker Muniain are at varying levels of recovery after long-term absences.
  • Kike Sola is unavailable after the straight red card that he picked up in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona at Camp Nou.
  • There are plenty of doubts for Los Leones, but the Basque club will undoubtedly want to go with the same system which caused the Blaugrana so many problems last time out.
  • Luis Enrique will be without both Jeremy Mathieu and Gerard Pique in defence, with the two missing out due to bans. Marc Bartra is in line for a start at centre-back.
  • Despite Jordi Alba not being fully fit after pulling up in the Joan Gamper trophy match against Roma, he may be required to play due to Adriano Correia's absence.
  • Neymar is still absent due to suffering from mumps. Rafinha will take his place on the left-hand side following Pedro's sale to Premier League outfit Chelsea.


  • Over the two legs of the Spanish Super Cup last week, Athletic Club triumphed with a shock 5-1 result on aggregate. Aritz Aduriz netted four of the goals as Barca were put to the sword, especially in Bilbao.
  • Barcelona must put their mind back to league football, after their defeat in the Super Cup ended their conquest for the second sextuple win in their history. The Catalan giants still have the Club World Cup in Japan to look forward to in December, however.
  • Athletic Club will hope that Aduriz uses his 34 years of experience to outplay Bartra once again, with the young defender presumably worried about going back up against the craft of the Basque international, which caused him so much bother at the San Mames recently.

User Predictions

Comments (59)

  • kjh

  • Vermaelen. Well done, lad! Whoddathunkit?

  • Roberto played very good game and Vermaelen was almost perfect.

  • Rafinha should never play as a LW again, Sandro made more of an impact in his few minutes on the pitch.

  • @bradley.fcb Untill January there isnt really a lot of options for the left wing when Neymar is out now that Pedro is gone. This wouldve been perfect for Turan to show his worth if Barca wouldnt have gotten the transfer ban...

  • 3points was good. real madrid is gona nail it tonight. 8-0. 5 goals for ronaldo

  • @nceshNcero thanks for the jinx, lad

  • @nceshNcero lol that wasn't a good prediction :)

  • @YetiPOL lol.. eish.. i ddnt see that coming... lol.. i guess ill be a barca fan now.. lol

  • Suarez's 2nd goal was a thing of beauty. Shame it was disallowed.

  • this was a tough match for barca. how is that saurez ddnt get the second goal.

  • Vermaelen MOTM. Flawless performance.

  • @bradley.fcb roberto was great as well

  • @bradley.fcb Exactly!

  • According to the ratings in the 83 rd minute Messi is the worst player on barcas side. Thats quite rare ...

  • atleast penaldo can score them

  • @patricia.singh.14 You are so ignorant to why Ronaldo is called Penaldo. He is not called penaldo for taking a lot of penalties. He is called penaldo coz he always dive for penalty. And Ronaldo has also missed so many PKs.

  • @Macchonk i just simply said that his penalty conversion rate is far superior to messi's

  • @Macchonk Sir, talking about ignorance, while .. "coz he always dive for penalty". Also, Ronaldo's penalty record is significantly better than Messi's. *Insert oh, the irony meme/gif*

  • @Exti I never said anything about who is better at scoring the penalty, I think you need some reading comprehension class done. I just said that Ronaldo have missed a lot more PKs than people think.

  • @Exti Messi's conversion rate is 80%

  • @Macchonk During his EPL days I believed that to be true. And then I saw Neymar.

  • @Ala How many penalties has Neymar been given for diving? none? ok, thx.

  • @Macchonk what? How many did he miss? 3? Maybe 4, in his whole career

  • @Zootball CR missed 11 penalties so far, he isnt a God level penalty taker, like Hazard, or Nestor Ortigoza from San Lorenzo (30/31) etc...

  • We all know it wasnt a penalty #justice served

  • Penalsi :)

  • @HR.Seven lionel missi

  • Did Dani Alves get injured?

  • @felipe9525 it seems like.

  • Its Messi show time :-)

  • @Rohit No, not really ...

  • @Rohit #Missi

  • @Rohit It's not good to start the season wasting a penalty. Oh well... \=

  • This game is very hard to predict. Barca is not losing it, that's for sure.

  • @truestory Just like the 4-0 a week ago ey?

  • @Kendev no, because that would be losing, wouldn't it. Barca doesn't screw up 3 times in a row.

  • Draw 1-1

  • To real madrid fans, if you cannot get three cup (laliga, copa, champions league) on one season, don't get mad because of another team got it TWICE..

  • @two_six a team which kneels before bilbao :D 5-1 embarrassing

  • @two_six 'To real madrid fans' on a Barca game...

  • @Kendev im a madrid fan and im here

  • i'd like to see hat trick from Messi

  • I don't trust Bartra but i hope he does enough here to get us 3 points.

  • Barcelona to smash them 2:0!

  • I don't see Barca winning. The UEFA Super cup should have been a warning sign and Barca was very lucky. How often do Messi's free kicks go in? How often do Rafinha and Pedro score? How often do the opponent gift Busquets the ball near the box? Barca only had 1 or 2 well earned goals in that game. Add on the 4-0 beatdown and the inability to get a good result at home, injuries, suspensions, idk how Barca can get a good result here

  • @ChaoticReaper If you watched the Spanish Supercup 1st leg between Athletic and Barça you must admit that Athletic didn't deserve to win with that big gap in the result. Every single mistake made by Barça was turned into a goal by Athletic de Bilbao, not very usual at least. Athletic played on Thursday in Slovakia against Zilina and they don't have many defenders available. Do not forget that they will play their most important game in the season in four days, the 2nd leg against Zilina and they must come from behind after a 3-2 loss in Slovakia. Let's admit that the absences of Piqué and Neymar will not help Barça to perform at their best but I think they will get the victory this time. They cannot afford another bad result against Bilbao. The local media would switch on the shitty-fan so early in the season and it would not be the best way to face what is coming.

  • @Pygmalion how could you say that bilbao didnt deserve to win by that margin of goals they took their chances and were simply better

  • @ChaoticReaper How often Barca doesn't win in three games against the same team? Never.

  • Madridiots. It's not there to be considered literally. I know this website is flooded with madridiots. So fu** off

  • @blitz we kicked your asses back in 2012 remember. real madrid fan here

  • @saeed9 He has selective memory. He won't remember.

  • @blitz lol what ? How about atletico just one year ago? And not only 3 but six matches in a row without a win ...

  • @Sleviiiiin you're saying league winner Atletico from over a year ago is on par with Athletic Club?

  • @LLCAN didn't say that don't twist my words. I was replying to some who said that barca never fail to beat a team tree time in a row, wich is wrong : and i gave a recent example. As simple as that.

  • @Sleviiiiin examples are supposed to provide perspective. can't compare apples to oranges.

  • I hope, this time, Barca will show all skills to get win for their fans...

  • Draw 2-2

  • Not an easy place to win