Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona 29/10/2017
The top news coming out from Nou Camp is that the club intends to offload Luis Suarez, who has under-performed this season. The piece of news isn’t music to the ears of Lionel Messi, who was reportedly furious over the boardroom’s idea.
Suarez has struggled this campaign, netting just three times in 11 appearances. Barcelona are flying though as they look to extend their advantage at the top, where they enjoy a four-point lead over second placed Valencia.
Athletic are 11th, right smack in the table, after an inconsistent start. But they still possess enough quality to hurt Barca, with 36-year-old Aritz Aduriz upfront and winger Inaki Williams always a menace on the flanks.
This match will also mark the return of Ernesto Valverde to Bilbao. The current Barcelona manager made his name there, blending the Basque side into a tight defensive unit. From 2013 to 2017, Athletic never conceded more than 45 goals in a La Liga season under his watch.