After regaining the first place in La Liga, Barcelona will be looking to reach the semifinals in the Copa del Rey when they host Athletic Bilbao. These teams will face on Wednesday, January 27th at Camp Nou at 20:30.
Los Blaugranas have the advantage in this series as they won the first leg by 2-1 at San Mames one week ago with goals from Munir El Haddadi and Neymar. They got the victory despite they didn’t count with South American strikers Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.
The team led by Luis Enrique will advance to the next round with a win or draw by any score, while the Lions will need two goals to get their ticket to the semifinals of the Cup for the second straight year.
It will be a tough mission for Athletic Bilbao as Barcelona come to this game with an impressive streak of six consecutive wins, and they have not lost in their past 24 matches in all competitions. The last time they fell was on October 3rd versus Sevilla in the local tournament by 2-1 on the road.
Last weekend, the Catalans defeated Malaga 2-1 away from home, and they are located in the first place in the standings with 48 points, tied to Atletico Madrid but with one game in hand. They remain as the only unbeaten team at home in La Liga, as they have 10 wins and one draw, scoring 38 goals and allowing seven.
In 2016 Copa Del Rey Odds Barcelona v Ath Bilbao, Los Blaugranas are heavily favored to win this match in front of their fans. They are listed with 1.35, while the Lions are with 10.5, and the draw is with 5.9.
It looks like an impossible mission for the team led by Ernesto Valverde, as Barca have not lost at home since February of last year (1-0 versus Malaga). The last time the Catalans fell in their pitch by more than one goal was in 2013, when Bayern Munich won 3-0 in the UEFA Champions League.
Athletic Bilbao are in the eight place in the table with 31 points, but they have struggled to win away from home this season. They have lost six of the 11 games they have played, scoring 11 goals and accepting 20.
Last Sunday, the Lions ended a two-game losing streak with a win at home by 5-2 against Eibar. The last time they visited Camp Nou was 10 days ago, and they fell 6-0 with a hat-trick from Uruguayan Luis Suarez.
Barcelona are listed at online sportsbook Bodog with 1.6 to win this game by two or more goals and with 3.0 to do it by three or more. The Lions are rated at 13.0 to win by the minimum difference and with 36.0 to do it by two scores.
Athletic Bilbao have won one of the past nine in the series and will be looking to end a streak of 17 consecutive games with no victory at the Camp Nou. Their last win at Barcelona was in 2001 by 2-1.
Lionel Messi heads the betting Odds to score the first goal in this match, and he is listed with 3.5. Luis Suarez follows him with 3.6 and Neymar with 4.0. Barca have scored 38 of their 52 goals in the league at home.
Take Barcelona to win this game and advance to the Copa del Rey semifinals for the sixth straight year.