NOTE –Messi is doubtful to play today due to injury. He is in declared squad but could start from bench.
When: February 11, 01:15 AM, IST
Where: San Mamés Stadium
ATH vs BAR match PREVIEW:
Following a 1-1 draw in El Clásico in midweek, Barcelona turn their focus back to La Liga with what promises to be an extremely tough trip to Athletic Bilbao. Playing at San Mamés is never easy, and against a team on a great run of form (one loss in their last eight league games, and the loss was against archrivals Real Sociedad at Anoeta) this will be even more difficult.
Recent form (Last six matches)-
Athletic Bilbao – L W W D W L
Barcelona – W L W W D D
From Bilbao, Inigo Lekue, Aritz Aduriz and Peru Nolaskoain all will be missing the home clash against Barcelona with an injury. Ander Capa will be serving a ban in this match. Mikel Rico and Unai Simon both have been listed as questionable ahead of this match.
From Barcelona, Midfielder Arthur has been ruled out for the next 3-4 weeks due to injury. In addition, Rafinha and Jasper Cillessen both have been ruled out as well. Left-back Jordi Alba will be serving a ban in this match due to the accumulation of yellow cards.
Centre-back Samuel Umtiti has returned to the training ground but is not expected to play this match.
Athletic Bilbao –Herrerin (GK), Capa, Alvarez, Inigo, Yuri; R Garcia, Bernat, D Garcia; Cordoba, Williams, Muniain
Barcelona– Ter Stegen (GK), Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Semedo; Busquets, Rakitic, Vidal; Dembele/Coutinho, L Suarez, Messi/Malcom
Team with Messi –
Team without Messi –