The La Liga season begins this weekend with the campaign getting underway on Friday 16 August at 20:00 GMT. The opening match will be shown live on Sky Sports and we’re set for a bumper audience. Here are our top Athletic Bilbao v Barcelona betting tips.
A Closer Look
Will Barcelona retain their crown, or can Real Madrid win the title under the guidance of Zinedine Zidane? Perhaps next year’s champion will come from outside of the top two. It’ll be great fun finding out.
Athletic Bilbao welcome Barcelona on Friday evening and this gives the champions a chance to pick up where they left off. Win the three points here and they could be setting the pace from the earliest opportunity. The visitors have spent wisely during the summer and are favourites with bookmakers to repeat the feat and end as La Liga champions once again.
Barca Looking Good
They also have the support of traders when it comes to getting off to a winning start and most casual backers will find they have been priced out of an interest on the away win. Back Barcelona and you’ll get no more than a lightweight 4/6 at Ladbrokes. That’s tight enough but it’s one of the better quotes available with most firms closer to the 4/7 mark. If you do intent on backing Barca we’d say add them to your accumulators. It could be the perfect way to start the weekend.
There’s more to shout about if having your money down on the locals, of course, with a chunky 9/2 – best price at Bet365 – about the home win and 3/1 for the level finish. Nice prices, but they are big for a reason. We prefer to have our cash down on Barcelona to win to nil at 15/8 (Bet365).