Our football match prediction:
Barcelona have slim chances of defending their La Liga title. Leo Messi helped Barca pick up one point from Sunday’s football match against Villarreal, but the Catalan giants desperately needed a win against the Yellow Submarine. Luis Enrique’s men dropped to third place in the La Liga standings and, as things stand now, their bitterest rivals Real Madrid are likely to regain the domestic trophy. Barcelona will certainly give 100% to win the Copa del Rey title, but they need to record a win over Athletic Bilbao in Wednesday’s match if they are to advance to the quarter-finals of the Spanish Cup. The title holders suffered a 2-1 loss to Ernesto Valverde’s team at San Mames in the first leg, but considering that the Basques are not regarded as good travellers, we predict that Luis Enrique’s troops will advance to the Copa del Rey quarter-finals. The likes of Iturraspe and Raul Garcia both miss the match through suspension and the Athletic Bilbao duo will be sorely missed in the return leg.
Highlighted Player (Neymar):
Neymar is a Brazilian football superstar who plays for Barcelona as a winger. The pacey footballer, who is capable of playing as a centre forward as well, is well known his creativity, passing and finishing. Neymar was born in Mogi das Cruzes on 5 February, 1992 and he began his senior career at Santos. After scoring 54 goals in 103 appearances for the Brazilian outfit, he joined Barcelona in 2013. The Brazilian ace signed a five-year deal with the Catalan outfit and he has been playing for the La Liga giants ever since. Neymar the 2014/2015 Champions League trophy with Barcelona and that is considered his biggest success. It has to be noted that he clinched the FIFA Club World Cup trophy with Barca as well. Speaking of his international career, the Barcelona star made his Brazil debut on 10 August, 2010 against USA and it has to be noted that he scored on his debut. In 2013 he won FIFA Confederations Cup with the Brazilian national team. Neymar was born on 5 February, 1992.
Highlighted Team (Athletic Bilbao):
Athletic Club (mostly known as Athletic de Bilbao) is a Spanish football club from the Bask region which is playing currently in the Primera Division. The club from Bilbao is playing in the highest Spanish division since its founded in 1928 and is next to Real Madrid and FC Barcelona for a longest period of time in the Primera Division. Athletic de Bilbao used to play until 2012 in the San Mames stadium (also known as La Catedral). Since 2013 the club is playing in anew stadium. Athletic Bilbao is known for it’s rilvalry with Real Madrid. Atletico Madrid was founded by Bask students in Madrid. The old relationship between both teams is visible in the red blue jerseys of both teams.The second team Athletic de Bilbao is playing in the Segunda Division B in Spain. Athletic Bilbao won the Primera Division 8 times, the Copa del Rey 24 times, the Spanish super cup 2 times. Athletic de Bilbao didn’t won any prizes in Europe yet but managed to be the runner up in 1977 and 2012 in the UEFA cup.