Betting. Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona [05.01.17] : the Lions are dangerous at home

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Betting. Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona [05.01.17] : the Lions are dangerous at home

Copa del Rey

Round of 16


Bet: Total Goals under 3

According to the majority of sports betting experts Athletic Bilbao were supposed to compete for the top 6 in La Liga standings. Despite sitting on the 7th position after the first 16 games, the Lions are able to fight for the Europa League zone. Before the Christmas break they defeated Celta (2-1) and now they are only 2 points behind Atletico Madrid. Besides, as it was predicted by betting companies, Ernesto Valverde’s side managed to make it through the Europa League group stage to the playoffs.

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Predictably, Barcelona have won their Champions League group. The betting experts also expected them to dominate in Primera, but Blaugrana have already lost twice and now sit on the second position with 3 points gap between them and Real Madrid. In addition, Madrid have one more game to play which means that in case of success they will leave Barca 6 points behind. The betting companies still think that Enrique’s team can catch up with the leader, but it will take a lot of efforts.

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Before choosing a bet it’s worth keeping in mind the fact that both teams haven’t experienced any troubles on the previous stage of Copa del Rey. Bilbao destroyed Racing (5-1) and Barcelona devastated Hercules (8-1). Now Barca will face a real challenge as they are not always convincing at San Mames. The sports betting experts think Enrique’s team can secure a place in the quarterfinal a week later at Camp Nou. At the same time Athletic will try to put a stand at home, in order to keep chances to move further.

The bookmakers consider the away team to be a huge favorite: Athletic Bilbao – 5,00, Draw – 4,10, Barcelona – 1,65. However, since Valverde’s side are extremely dangerous at home, it’s recommended to bet on “Asian Handicap Athletic Bilbao +1” (1,73). This season the Lions were defeated at home only once – by Barca (0-1). Nevertheless, since that time Blaugrana haven’t been very convincing on the road. Besides, you can also pay attention to the bet “Total Goals under 3 (1,84). They haven’t scored more than 3 goals in their last 3 encounters at San Mames.