Without any losses in their last five games in La Liga, Barcelona will be looking to continue chasing Real Madrid for the top spot of the league when they host Athletic Bilbao at the Camp Nou in the 21st round of the Spanish top division.
A Must Win For Barca
The hosts have been in a very strong form recently. Despite being unbeaten in their last five games, Barcelona have dropped points in the two games they drew in that period. The team have collected a total of 11 points from a possible 15 in their last five league games in La Liga. Their last league match was against Real Betis away from home where they drew 1-1.
Barcelona are currently sitting in the 2nd place in the league table. They have 42 points from 12 wins, 6 draws and 2 losses. The team scored 52 goals and conceded 18 since the start of the season.
Andres Iniesta and Sergio Busquets are both on their way back to full fitness, but neither should be risked from the off by Luis Enrique. Ivan Rakitic is expected to continue to deputise at the base of midfield for the hosts, with Arda Turan getting a start alongside him.
Bilbao Are Ready
The visitors are also in a decent form in recent weeks. The team is also unbeaten in their last five league games. Athletic Club have collected a total of 9 points from a possible 15 in their last five league games in La Liga. Their last league match was against Sporting Gijon at home where they won 2-1.
Athletic Club are currently sitting in the 7th place in the league table. They have 32 points from 9 wins, 5 draws and 6 losses. They have scored 26 goals and conceded 22 since the start of the season.
Eneko Boveda is an injury doubt, but the defender is expected to start in the centre of the Athletic Club defence. After working away from the group during the week, Aymeric Laporte should also be fit to start and marshall the back four.
Head To Head
Barcelona have won 4 of the last 5 meetings between the two teams. The last meeting between the two sides was in January in the Copa del Rey when the final score was 3 -1 to the Blau Grana.
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