Our match prediction:
Barcelona and Athletic de Bilbao will play against each other on Sunday evening for the Spanish Primera Division. Barcelona is currently placed second on the table having 42 points out of the first 18 games and having played one game less than leader Atletico Madrid. Athletic de Bilbao on the other hand is placed 8th with 28 points and is in the race for a ticket to the Europa League. In the first game this season between both teams Barcelona managed to beat Athletic 0-1. With Lionel Messi winning the Ballon d'Or we predict Barcelona to easily keep the 3 points at home despite loosing in the Spanish Super Cup against Athletic in the start of the season 2015/2016.
Highligted Player (Mascherano):
Born in San Lorenzo, Argentina on 8 June, 1984 Javier Mascherano began his senior career at River Plate. After making 46 appearances for the Argentine outfit he joined Corinthians in 2005 and he played 17 league games for the Brazilian team. Mascherano moved to Europe in 2006 and despite being on Real Madrid’s and Barcelona’s radar, he signed a contract with West Ham United. The centre back, who is capable of playing as a defensive midfielder as well, played no more than five games for the Hammers in the Premier League and in 2007 he signed a contract with Liverpool. Three years later Mascherano joined Barcelona and he has been playing for the Catalan giants ever since. In 2016 he won his fourth La Liga trophy with Barca, making 32 league appearances for the club in the 2015/2016 campaign. The Argentine footballer won two Champions League trophies with Barcelona, in 2011 and in 2015. His contract with the Catalan outfit expires on 30 June, 2019.
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.