Odds: Barcelona 7/50, Draw 13/2, Athletic 33/2
Kick Off: 1515, 18/03/2018
Stadium: Camp Nou
TV: Sky Sports
Barcelona brushed aside Chelsea to reach the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday and should now see off Athletic Bilbao in LaLiga.
The Catalan giants have been outstanding at Camp Nou this season, with just four points dropped from 13 matches here in this competition.
A Look At FC Barcelona’s Betting Odds
Lionel Messi once again hogged the headlines after his double strike in the 3-0 midweek win over Chelsea, with the Argentina ace also setting up Ousmane Dembele to strike.
However, the 30-year-old insisted it was a collective success, telling the club website: “It was a really tough game, but we played strong as a team.
“Scoring so early meant we could control the game, but we didn’t feel we had sentenced the tie until we got our third goal.
“Until then, we had to fight hard and suffer to achieve a very important qualification for the team.”
That strong worth ethic has been just as apparent in their last couple of LaLiga triumphs, when beating Atletico Madrid 1-0 and Malaga 2-0.
Barca’s past eight meetings with Bilbao in this competition have ended in victory, with no goals conceded in the last five.
Looking at the Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao odds, we like 19/4 for a smooth 2-0 success here.
A Look At Athletic Bilbao’s Betting Odds
Athletic Bilbao are comfortably placed in mid-table following last weekend’s routine 2-0 triumph over Leganes, with Raul Garcia bagging both goals inside 20 minutes.
However, Cuco Ziganda’s side have suffered three straight defeats on the road in Spain’s top flight, going down 2-0 on each occasion against Girona, Atletico Madrid and Sevilla.
The visitors also have a day less than Barcelona to recover from their Europa League clash with Marseilles at San Mames.
Barca are without the suspended Luis Suarez, but Philippe Coutinho is free to come back in after being cup-tied in midweek.
The former Liverpool star has netted in three of his last seven appearances and appeals at 7/2 to break the deadlock in our Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao betting tips.
BARCELONA 3-0 Chelsea – Lionel Messi (2), Ousmane Dembele
ATHLETIC BILBAO 2-0 Leganes – Raul Garcia (2)
Head-to-head: Athletic 0-2 Barcelona, Barcelona 3-0 Athletic, Barcelona 3-1 Athletic, Athletic 2-1 Barcelona, Athletic 0-1 Barcelona
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