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Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Spanish Primera 2018-19

After their draw in El Clasico, Barca can go eight points clear in the Primera Division standings with a win on Sunday
After a midweek Clasico, Barcelona are back in Primera Division action on Sunday when they travel to face Athletic Club.
A 1-1 draw against Real Madrid in the first leg of their Copa del Rey semi-final leaves them in which a chance of progress to the final, while in La Liga they can go eight points clear if they win at San Mames after Real Madrid beat Atletico 3-1 on Saturday.
Athletic rarely make life early life easy for their guests at home, having beaten Real Betis and Sevilla in league action in recent weeks.

ATHLETIC BILBAO

Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Iago Herrerin; De Marcos, Yeray Alvarez, Inigo Martinez, Yuri; Dani Garcia, Benat; Ibai Gomez, Raul Garcia, Muniain; Inaki Williams

Unavailable: Ander Capa (Suspended), Lekue (Injured), Aduriz (Injured), Peru Nolaskoain (Injured)

Doubtful: Unai Simon (Injured), Mikel Rico (Injured)

BARCELONA

Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Sergi Roberto; Rakitic, Busquets, Vidal; Messi, Luis Suarez, Coutinho

Unavailable: Jordi Alba (Suspended), Cillessen (Injured), Rafinha (Injured), Umtiti (Injured)

Doubtful: Dembele (Injured)

THE PREDICTION

Athletic Club, boosted recently by new boss Gaizka Garitano, have a great record against the current top six with one defeat in seven, including a 1-1 draw at the Nou Camp in September. The Basque side have drawn half their games this season, while Barcelona have drawn their last two so a stalemate could well ensue.

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