Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao have both enjoyed bright starts to the season, with the latter aiming for a Champions League qualifying place this season. The visitors might be the big outsiders when they head to the Nou Camp, although there have been five wins and two draws from nine matches played so far in the campaign.

It is clear that Ernesto Valverde’s team deploy different tactics depending on whether they’re at home or on the road. They signed off for the international break with a 3-0 win over Almeria although that came after a 3-0 reverse at Sociedad, while the team have also lost at home to Real Madrid this term.

Athletic have achieved away wins this season, with Alaves and Osasuna beaten although this is a much tougher ordeal against a Barcelona side who have recorded four straight wins at home. The Catalan side have averaged nearly three goals per game at the Nou Camp, with Robert Lewandowski having scored five goals this season already.

We think that a tight encounter could be on the cards and perhaps we can head to the correct score market and look to wager the favourites to claim a 1-0 victory. With two goals conceded at home and the fact that Bilbao are so low-scoring on the road, it all points to a Barcelona win without reply and that can be punted here with confidence.


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