On Sunday night, La Liga champions Barcelona will host Athletic Bilbao in one of the most historic fixtures in Spanish football at the Estadio Olimpico Lluis Companys as Xavi’s men eye three points to close the gap against Real Madrid
It will be an extra special occasion for The Lions coach Ernesto Valverde as he takes on his former club.
Barcelona head into Sunday’s clash off the back of a 2-2 draw with Granada last time out in La Liga.
Barcelona have maintained a 100% home record across all competitions this season. They have also looked solid at the back, keeping clean sheets in four of their last five matches in front of their fans.
Athletic Bilbao were rampant before the international break as they picked up a 3-0 victory over Almeria in their previous La Liga fixture.
The Catalan outfit are currently fourth with 21 points in the La Liga table, winning six and drawn three of their nine league matches of the campaign.
Athletic Bilbao occupy sixth position in the La Liga standings and have stepped up to the plate so far this season. The Basque outfit eased past Almeria 3-0 before the international break and will be confident ahead of this fixture.
Ahead of today’s cracker, Barcelona have won 42 of their last 65 meetings, while Athletic Bilbao have managed just 10 wins.
Barcelona are unbeaten in each of their last seven matches against Athletic Bilbao in La Liga and have won each of their last three such games without conceding a single goal.