Athletic Club vs Barcelona 08/14/2015 Spanish Super Cup Preview, Odds and Predictions
Barcelona vs Athletic Club
Friday 14th August 2015 16:00(ET)
The Line: Athletic Club Draw Barcelona See the Latest Odds
TV: Sky Sports; NBC
The Spanish Super Cup first leg comes from Bilbao on Friday as Atheltic Club look to take a lead with them to the Nou Camp next Monday. Atheltic Club lost the Spanish Cup final in a game marred by Neymar's dives , Atheltic Club also will not have forgotten that and they will give an extra bit of effort on Friday night against their superstar opposition. Barcelona won the Europe Super Cup on Wednesday in an enthrawling game against Sevilla that needed extra time to seperate the teams and finsihed 5-4. I dont think we see the same scoreline on Friday but I do think we see similarites. I think Athletic Club with Muniain and Aduritz will give Barcelona plenty of problems at the back and I think they can definitely get on the scoresheet.
It's hard to know what type of team Luis Enrique will put on the team on Friday night but with the games lined up to come thick and fastover the coming weeks I imagine he could probably do with resting Messi and maybe Suarez. With that said if he does he significantly weakens his side and I would be taking Athletic Club straight up if Lionel Messi does not appear on the starting line up. Pedro has consistantly been linked with a move to Manchester United and it is likely to happen this weekend if it is going to happen. With that said Barcelona have a number of quality youngsters on the bench ready for game time.
For me though the best bet of this game will be both teams to score and I will be taking it , only on a min bet though as this is basically a glorified friendly and there is a second leg which will take place Monday night at the Nou Camp. If Messi is not starting though I will have a little bet on Athletic Club to win straight up.