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Primera Division Gameweek 2
Aug 21, 2021 KO: 20:00

Athletic - Barcelona

San Mamés Bilbao
Referee: Juan Martínez
Martinez 50'  
  75' Depay

Match preview

Mini injury crisis continues – How Barcelona could line up against Athletic Bilbao

Barcelona continue their post-Messi era but remain without a number of star players.

Barcelona earned a big opening day win last weekend as they began life after Lionel Messi with a 4-2 victory over Real Sociedad.

Ronald Koeman approached that game without a number of key players, and will have to do the same again when he leads his Blaugrana outfit into Basque country to face Athletic Bilbao.

At least six regular first-teamers are unavailable, including No.1 Marc-Andre ter Stegen and new signing Sergio Aguero, who will have to wait a little longer to make his Barca debut.

These absences, simply for lack of alternative options rather than anything else, could force Koeman into naming an unchanged XI from the Sociedad win, and the Dutchman will no doubt be hoping for a similar result.

Neto will keep his place in goal in ter Stegen’s absence, with Gerard Pique and Jordi Alba leading the back four alongside the lesser experienced Eric Garcia and Sergino Dest.

Sergio Busquets should sit at the base of the midfield screening the back four, with Frenkie de Jong and Pedri in front of him. The latter is on a seemingly never-ending run of football games after a summer that saw him reach the Euro 2020 semi-finals and the gold medal match at the Olympics with Spain.

Martin Braithwaite stepped to be the hero last week with a decisive brace, and the Dane will keep his place in the attack for Barcelona. After a positive World Cup campaign with Denmark, Braithwaite is out to fill Messi’s shoes at Camp Nou this season.

Memphis Depay was unable to celebrate a debut goal but should get the nod again with Antoine Griezmann completing the front three as the likes of Ousmane Dembele and Ansu Fati remain on the treatment table.

Barcelona starting XI versus Athletic Bilbao

Barcelona - Football tactics and formations

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  Average Match Rating  
6.0
  Home  
6.9
6.0
  Away  
7.2
6.0
  Total  
7.1

Match statistics

Athletic
Statistics
Barcelona
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
4
13
Draws
10
4
Losses
6
3
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
16
48
Goals Per Game
0.80
2.40
More > 2.5 Goals
7
13
More > 3 Goals
3
7
Scored First in a Match
8
15
Scored Both Halves
4
8
Won More > 1 Goal
0
9
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
22
20
Did Not Score
9
1
Both Teams Scored
10
12
Kept Clean Sheet
5
8
Won Without Conceding
1
7
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
588
933
Possession
46
68
Passes
408
761
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
10
15
Shots on Target
3.35
6.20
Goals out of Shots
0.08
0.19
Crosses
21
12
Offsides
1.83
2.47
Penalties
0.10
0.10
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.25
0.40
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
17
8.95
Interceptions
9.11
9.53
Own Goals
0.00
0.05
Aerials Won
16
11
Total Shots Conceded
11
8.50
Shots on Target Conceded
3.20
3.05
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.12
0.14
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
12
11
Yellow Cards
1.60
1.85
Red Cards
0.10
0.00

Injuries

  1. Knee Injury image description
  2. Groin/Pelvis Injury image description
  3. Ankle/Foot Injury image description
  4. Muscle Strain image description
  5. Knee Injury image description
  6. Calf/Shin Injury image description
  7. Muscle Strain image description
  8. Knee Injury image description
  9. Tendon injury image description
  10. Knee Injury image description
  11. Foot Injury image description