Amazing news for the fans of Spanish football, because La Liga starts again this Friday. It’s going to be really fun at the San Mames Barria, where Athletic Bilbao will host the champion Barcelona. Let’s take a look at this fixture in our predictions football 1×2.
It’s not easy to start your season against the current champion, but Athletic will try to use the energy of their majestic fans. During the summer the club didn’t make any deals on the market, only promoting few players from their “B” team. Meanwhile few veterans left the club, because Mikel Rico, Xabi Etxeita, Markel Susaeta and Ander Iturraspe’s contracts expired and they weren’t renewed.
It’s pretty risky not to sign anyone on the transfer market. It’d be interesting to see if Athletic won’t change their opinion until the market closes.
For Barcelona the new season starts with only one thing in mind – to win La Liga for a third consecutive season. Just as always, the club made some big signings on the transfer market. Antoine Griezmann, Frenkie de Jong, Neto and Junior Firpo arrived at the Camp Nou, while players like Malcom, Jasper Cillesen, Andre Gomes and Denis Suarez were sold.
Barca’s manager Ernesto Valverde has some problems before this game. The club’s captain Lionel Messi most likely will miss the fixture because of an injury. Meanwhile the new signing Antoine Griezmann will partner Luis Suarez in attack, while most likely Ousmane Dembele will also start. In midfield we shall see Frenkie de Jong’s debut for Los Cules. The young Dutch star already showed his qualities during the pre-season and now everyone is eager to see him in action.
These are our predictions football 1×2 for La Liga’s opener between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona on Friday. When these two teams meet, it’s always pretty hot at the San Mames Barria.