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Starting XI: Bilbao v Barca

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Teams: Athletic Bilbao v FC Barcelona
 
Date: 10 February 2019
 
Venue: San Mames Barria
 
After Real Madrid claimed the spoils in the Madrid Derby, FC Barcelona make the trip to San Mames to face Athletic Bilbao looking to extend their lead at the top of LaLiga.
 
The match is scheduled to get underway at 21h45,
 
Barca needed star man Lionel Messi to get out of jail last weekend to Valencia in a 2-2 draw at the Camp Nou.
 
Bilbao is one Messi's favourite opponents, with the Argentine registering 24 goals and 10 assists 30 appearances against the Basque outfit. 
 
Heading into the encounter, the Catalan giants sit five points ahead of Los Blancos, who defeated Atletico Madrid 3-1 on Saturday.
 
Bilbao, meanwhile, surrendered an eight-match unbeaten run in the league with an away defeat to Real Sociedad last Saturday.
 
Brazilian Arthur Melo has been ruled out for four weeks after a fracturing his left hamstring in midweek, although the Catalans do have enough to get the job done on the road. 
 
The hosts will fancy their chances this evening after they held Barca to a 1-1 draw in the earlier fixture at the Camp Nou this season.
 
Here's how they line up
 
Bilbao: Herrerín, De Marcos, Yeray, Íñigo Martínez, Balenziaga, Beñat, Dani García, Susaeta, Raúl García, Yuri, Iñaki Williams.
 
Barca: Ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Semedo; Rakitic, Busquets, Arturo Vidal; Coutinho, Messi, Luis Suárez.
 

 

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