Barcelona vs Athletic Club Preview – Primera Division


Taylor Kihn is one of Fluentsport's Ligue 1 experts covering most of the upcoming fixtures in the year.
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Barcelona face Athletic Club in this Primera Division clash.

When is the match, and kick off time?

The match is on Saturday 29th September 2018, and kicks off at 3:15pm UK time. The venue for the match is Camp Nou (Barcelona).

Tactics

If Barcelona continue their solid defensive performance, they should be able to stop a lot of chances as they develop for their opponents. Athletic Club will need to be defensively alert, as Barcelona will continue their tactical usage of attacking through balls. Athletic Club will need to be creative when attacking, as Barcelona have shown great instinct at defending counter attacks. Barcelona will hope that Athletic Club attack wide so they can prevent danger with their superior defence on the wings. Barcelona should be able to pick up some extra possession as they have performed better than Athletic Club in the air.

Current form

Barcelona are in average form having had mixed results from their previous 5 fixtures, and will be looking to improve this time around. In their last game, they lost by 1 goal against FC Valencia. Meanwhile, Athletic Club are in average form having had mixed results from their previous 5 fixtures, and will be looking to improve this time around. In their last game, they lost by 2 goals against FC Sevilla.

Squads

Barcelona Athletic Club
Forwards Luis Suárez, Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembélé, Malcom, Abel Ruiz, Riqui Puig. Unai López, Muniain, Aduriz, Iñaki Williams, Gorka Santamaría, Asier Villalibre, Kenan Kodro, Gorka Rodríguez, Iñigo Vicente.
Midfielders Arturo Vidal, Arthur, Rafinha, Philippe Coutinho, Ivan Rakitić, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Busquets, Sergi Roberto, Carles Aleñà, Oriol Busquets, Carles Pérez, Álex Collado, Jean-Clair Todibo. Ibai, Iturraspe, Beñat, De Marcos, Mikel Rico, Susaeta, Raúl García, Iñigo Kerejeta, Íñigo Muñoz, Peru Nolaskoain, Daniel Vivian, Víctor San Bartolomé, Ander Capa, Dani García.
Defenders Clément Lenglet, Piqué, Jordi Alba, Samuel Umtiti, Moussa Wagué, Thomas Vermaelen, Nelsinho, Juan Miranda, Juan Brandáriz, Jeison Murillo, Jorge Cuenca, Guillem Jaime. Yuri Berchiche, San José, Balenziaga, Yeray Álvarez, Iñigo Lekue, Unai Núñez, Íñigo Martínez.
Goalkeepers Marc-André ter Stegen, Jasper Cillessen, Jokin Ezkieta Mendiburu, Iñaki Peña. Álex Remiro, Unai Simón, Iago Herrerín, Hodei Oleaga.
Staff Ernesto Valverde. Gaizka Garitano.

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