Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Live Stream and Highlights
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Date: April 27, 2013; Time: 5:00 PM BST
Venue: Estadio San Mamés — Bilbao.
Disappointed Blaugrana will try to get back on winning ways and make another step to the La Liga title. Tito Vilanova’s team will be looking for rehabilitation after Campion’s League 4-0 loss in Munich, while Athletic will do their best to stop the Catalan grandee on the way to their 22nd domestic championship at San Mames.
Athletic Bilbao goes 14th in La Liga with 36 points from 32 games, having 10 wins, 6 draws and 16 loses so far this season. Los Leones are 8 points clear of relegation fight and 18th-plcaed Mallorca. Their present form has seen 1 win, 3 losses and 1 draw. Last five home games Los Leones have finished with 2 wins and 3 defeats. Last weekend they drew 1-1 with Deporivo. Also, they have only won 3 of their last 10 games in La Liga and have lost 5 of their last 6 domestic fixtures with Barcelona. But now, Los Leones have a great chance to fight for 3 point, as Barcelona will play without their key players.
Barcelona stands at the top of La Liga with 84 points from 32 games, winning 27, drawing 3 and losing 2 so far this season. Blaugranas are 13 points ahead of 2nd-plaed Real Madrid and are very close to win their 22nd La Liga title. Their present form has seen 1 draw, 3 wins and 1 defeat from last five games. Last five matches away from home Blaugrana have finished with 2 draws, 1 win and 2 defeats, including 4-0 demolishment at the Allianz-Arena from Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final first-leg in midweek. They have won just 1 of their last 6 away games in all competitions. Also, Barca could win the Liga title if they beat Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid lose to Atletico Madrid.
Athletic Bilbao players Fernando Amorebieta and Inigo Ruiz de Galarreta have recovered from their injuries and could start from the first minutes. But, defender Aymeric Laporte is out for the rest of the season due to a knee injury. Midfielder Ander Iturraspe is banned after a red card against Deportivo.
Barcelona head coach Tito Vilanova probably will make whole squad changes to give rest to his key players ahead of vital and unbelievable match against Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final second leg next week. Defenders Carles Puyol and Javier Mascherano remains sidelined cause of injuries. Adriano is available after serving a ban in a midweek game. Lionel Messi will stay out of the game, cause he is not fully fit.
Athletic Bilbao line-up: Iraizoz, Iraola, Ekiza, San Jose, Aurtenetxe, De Marcos, Gurpegui, Herrera, Susaeta, Llorente, Muniain.
Last three matches:
Deportivo 1 – Athletic Bilbao 1;
Athletic Bilbao 0 – Real Madrid CF 3;
Sevilla 2 – Athletic Bilbao 1.
Tottenham line-up: Valdes, Montoya, Adriano, Abidal, Alba, Thiago, Song, Fabregas, Tello, Villa, Sanchez.
Last three matches:
FC Bayern München 4 – FC Barcelona 0;
FC Barcelona 1 – Levante 0;
Zaragoza 0 – FC Barcelona 3.