However, after suffering four consecutive defeats at San Mames in LaLiga against Barcelona between 2015 and 2017, Athletic have lost just one of their last three home games against the Blaugrana in the competition (W1 D1).
Barcelona have won 12 of their last 15 matches against Athletic in LaLiga (D2 L1), including each of the last three. Additionally, the Blaugrana kept nine clean sheets in those 15 games.
Meanwhile, Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman names an unchanged line-up following the 4-2 victory over Real Sociedad. Neto continues in goal with Marc-Andre ter Stegen out injured alongside Ousmane Dembele, Sergio Aguero and Ansu Fati.
Athletic manager Marcelino makes just one change to the starting line-up he named in his side’s 0-0 draw with Elche last time out. De Marcos drops to the bench, with Lekue replacing him at right-back.
Barcelona substitutes: Emerson, Ronald Araujo, Riqui Puig, Clement Lenglet, Arnau Tenas, Pablo Gaviria, Alejandro Balde, Nicolas Gonzalez, Yusuf Demir, Rey Manaj, Inaki Pena, Sergi Roberto.
Barcelona XI (4-3-3): Neto; Sergino Dest, Eric Garcia, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets, Pedri; Antoine Griezmann, Memphis Depay, Martin Braithwaite.
Athletic Club substitutes: Jokin Ezkieta, Nicolas Serrano, Unai Nunez, Nico Williams, Asier Villalibre, Oier Zarraga, Mikel Vesga, Jon Morcillo, Oscar De Marcos, Raul Garcia.
Athletic Club XI (4-4-2): Julen Agirrezabala; Inigo Lekue, Dani Vivian, Inigo Martinez, Mikel Balenziaga; Alex Berenguer, Unai Vencedor, Dani Garcia, Iker Muniain; Oihan Sancet, Inaki Williams.
Barcelona’s league campaign got off to a much-needed winning start last time out as the post-Lionel Messi era began against Real Sociedad, and they will hope to boost morale once again in Bilbao.
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