Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona, La Liga: Team News, Match Preview

Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona, La Liga: Team News, Match Preview

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It’s time for Barcelona’s first away adventure of the season! The Blaugrana will look to build upon an exciting opening win over Real Sociedad with a tough trip to the beautiful San Mamés to face off against Athletic Bilbao.

Despite the two goals conceded last week, Barça were impressive in their first game and need to bring that same level of performance and intensity to every match they play. And that’s even more crucial against Athletic, who will be physical and tough for 90 minutes.

This has become a heated rivalry and there will be fans at the San Mamés which makes this an even more enticing matchup. Vamos!




Starting XI: Neto; Dest, García, Piqué, Alba; De Jong, Busquets, Pedri; Griezmann, Memphis, Braithwaite (4-3-3)

Bench: Peña (GK), Arnau (GK), Araujo, Umtiti, Emerson, Balde, Nico, Roberto, Gavi, Puig, Demir, Manaj


Starting XI: Agirrezabala; Lekue, Vivian, Martínez, Balenziaga; Berenguer, García, Vencedor, Muniain; Williams, Sancet (4-4-2)

Bench: Ezkieta (GK), Nuñez, Vesga, Morcillo, De Marcos, Zarraga, Villalibre, R. García, Williams, Serrano


Competition/Round: 2021-22 La Liga, Matchday 2

Date/Time: Satuday, August 21, 2021, 10pm CET (Barcelona), 9pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 4pm ET, 1pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Sunday)

VenueSan Mamés, Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain

Referee: Juan Martínez Munuera

VAR: Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva


How to watch on TV: Not Available (USA), TSN 3 (Canada), LaLigaTV (UK), SuperSport (Nigeria), MTV (India), Movistar LaLiga (Spain), others

How to watch onlineESPN+ (USA), LaLigaTV (UK), others

Matchday Thread Rules

We don’t have a lot of rules here, but there are a few things to keep in mind when joining our matchday threads:

Even if the referee sucks or we lose the game, watch the swearing. It’s just unnecessary. Also, don’t discuss illegal streaming links. Those who do it will be warned, and those who post links will be instantly banned. Finally, be nice to each other. This is a Barcelona community and we don’t need to offend one another.

Have fun with the game! Forever and ever, no matter the competition, VISCA EL BARÇA!

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