Spanish fans are in for the battle of the season as Athletic Bilbao line up against Barcelona for the 20-21 Copa del Rey Final this Saturday evening.
ATHLETIC BILBAO VS BARCELONA BETTING
Athletic Bilbao prepare for their second cup final of the season – against the same opposition – this Saturday evening. With the Copa del Rey trophy up for grabs, Marcelino Garcia Toral will be hoping his side is capable of replicating their earlier 3-2 Supercopa de Espana victory against Barcelona.
A look at Athletic Bilbao’s recent fixtures will not boost the confidence of their fans ahead of their Copa del Rey final this Saturday. Los Leones have not won a single game since the beginning of March, juggling losses and draws in their last six recent results. Their bad run of form has also seen them slip down the La Liga table to a current 11th place position – only 11 points away from the relegation zone.
Although to many on the outside things may seem a little grim for Athletic Bilbao ahead of their Copa del Rey fixture this Saturday, there will still be a strong belief in the squad from within. Over the course of their campaign, Los Leones have developed a habit of upsetting the big teams. A 2-1 victory against Real Madrid earlier this season was perhaps a sign of things to come, as Athletic Bilbao also became the eventual winners of the Supercopa de Espana in a 3-2 battle against the very same rivals they face this weekend.
As the top scorer of the club, Alex Berenguer comes in at 4/1 (5.00) to find the back of the net in the Copa del Rey final this Saturday, with Inaki Williams measuring up at 13/5 (3.60) and Iker Munian at 7/2 (4.50).
The 30-time Copa del Rey winners Barcelona line up against Athletic Bilbao for the final of a competition they have historically made their own. Surely out for revenge after losing the Supercopa de Espana 3-2 to Los Leones, the Catalans are expected to make a statement this Saturday – and at least in the minds of their own fans – come away with some silverware.
Barcelona fans saw their title hopes take a massive setback last weekend after losing to Real Madrid 2-1 in the Clasico. Although they are still in third place and only two points away from the leaders, momentum has shifted towards their rivals, as the three-horse race looks likely to be drawn out for the remainder of the season. Realistically the Copa del Rey final this Saturday remains Barcelona’s best chance of adding some silverware to their huge cabinet in this season.
Before losing the Clasico, the Catalans were enjoying an unbeaten run of nine games in all competitions. Valued as the most expensive squad in La Liga, Barca are expected to make a quick return to winning ways this weekend. Key in getting them back on track will be club talisman Lionel Messi who at 4/7 (1.57) to find the net at any time during the 90 minutes.
ATHLETIC BILBAO VS BARCELONA: COPA DEL REY BETTING ODDS
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