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Starting XI: Athletic Bilbao Vs Barca

LaLiga champions FC Barcelona begin their 2019/20 league campaign away at Athletic Bilbao, and a few of their new signings could make their official debuts. Here's how the teams will line up!


Teams: Athletic Bilbao Vs Barca

Date: 16 August 2019

Time: 21:00

Venue: San Mames Stadium, Bilbao

The Spanish champions will start their season without captain Lionel Messi, who picked up a calf injury upon his return to pre-season.

Barca go into their opening clash undefeated in 25 of their past 26 league matches, although Bilbao have not lost any of their past 14 LaLiga matches at the San Mames.

The Catalans, however, have not suffered defeat to the home side in their past six meetings across all competitions, a run that adds even more interest to Friday night's match.

Bilbao and the Blaugrana drew their most recent encounter earlier this year, but the home team's last win against their opponents dates back to the 2017/18 season.

New Barca signings Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong will be hoping to play important roles in their first LaLiga outing for the Spanish giants, while striker Luis Suarez will be looking to continue his impressive pre-season form.

Here's how the teams will line up:

Bilbao: Unai Simón; Capa, Yeray, Núñez, Berchiche; Unai López, Dani García; De Marcos, Raúl García, Muniain; Williams.

Barca: Ter Stegen, Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Alena, De Jong, Roberto, Dembele, Griezmann, Suarez.

Who do you think will win the first match of the new LaLiga season? Let us know in the comments section below.


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