La Liga: Athletic Bilbao v FC Barcelona 

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2022/23 Spanish La Liga

Matchday 25

Athletic Bilbao v FC Barcelona 

San Mames Barria
Bilbao, Spain
Sunday, 12 March 2023
Kick-off is at 21h00 
Athletic Bilbao will square off with FC Barcelona in a La Liga match at the San Mames Barria on March 12.
Current Form
The Lions drew 0-0 with Rayo Vallecano away on March 5 and they are now winless in their last three matches in the league.
Bilbao have lost two of their last three matches at home, while the other game ended in a win at the San Mames Barria.
On the other hand, Barcelona emerged as 1-0 winners over Valencia CF at home on March 5 as they returned to winning ways in La Liga.
Barca lost to UD Almeria in their last game on the road and the defeat ended their six-match unbeaten run as the visitors.
What Is At Stake 
Bilbao are currently placed eighth on the league standings - two points behind seventh-placed Rayo Vallecano. 
The Lions will be looking to boost their ambitions of finishing in the top six by securing a win over log leaders Barcelona.
Barca are nine points above second-placed Real Madrid and a victory over Bilbao would see Barcelona boost their title hopes.
Team News
Ander Herrera, Jon Morcillo and Unai Simon are the three players who are in Bilbao's injury list coming into the Athletic-Barcelona clasico.
While Barcelona players Robert Lewandowski, Pedri and Ousmane Dembele are all out injured, and Ronald Araujo will be missing due to suspension. 
Key Players
Bilbao's top scorer Ohian Sancet Tirapu, who has found the back of the net eight times in the league in the current campaign, is the team's dangerman.
With Pedri and Lewandowski missing, Barcelona will once again look to the skillful Raphinha who scored the winning goal against Valencia.

Ohian Sancet
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"It's a shame because we could talk about comfortable victories," Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez said after their win over Valencia. 
"But the lack of effectiveness makes us suffer. We have a lot of injuries. It is time to suffer and that makes us grow. We have to learn to kill the game off
“The red card is fair. It was a last-man tackle, simple. Ronald Araujo’s red card is a shame because it comes from a misunderstanding."
Barcelona hammered Bilbao 4-0 in their last meeting in La Liga and the game was played at the Spotify Camp Nou on 23 October 2022.
Barca are undefeated in their last six league matches against the Lions having recorded one draw and five wins. 

(Last Five La Liga Meetings)

Matches - 5
Bilbao - 0
Barcelona - 4
Draws - 1

La Liga matchday 25 fixtures

Friday, March 10

21:00 - Cadiz CF v Getafe CF

Saturday, March 11

14:00 - Real Madrid v RCD Espanyol
16:15 - Elche CF v Real Valladolid
18:30 - Celta Vigo v Rayo Vallecano
21:00 - Valencia CF v CA Osasuna

Sunday, March 12

14:00 - Real Mallorca v Real Sociedad
16:15 - Sevilla FC v UD Almeria
18:30 - Villarreal CF v Real Betis
21:00 - Athletic Bilbao v FC Barcelona

Monday, March 13

21:00 - Girona FC v Atletico Madrid


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Published: 03/09/2023