Barcelona will travel to Athletic Bilbao in their Copa Del Rey campaign at the San Mames Barria stadium in Bilbao on Wednesday, Jan. 20, starting 8 PM GMT.
The Spanish Giants will be meeting Athletic Bilbao for the second time in three days and fifth time in the season. The Catalonian side thrashed the Bilbao side 6-0 in their last La-Liga encounter at home.
As per the SB Nation, “Athletic welcome back Aritz Aduriz from suspension.” Barcelona shouldn’t take the side lightly as the hosts will seek home advantage to pose a challenge against the Barcelona side.
According to the goal.com, Barcelona boss Luis Enrique expects the Bilbao home crowd to be volatile and “have something of an impact upon his players as Athletic look to avenge their weekend drubbing, and has challenged his side to silence the support.”
Enrique was quoted as saying, “We’re used to playing in hostile environments. The game tomorrow is going to be very different from the one Sunday at Camp Nou.”
“No two games are the same. Athletic can use the last game as an incentive.
“We’re used to those situations but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t affect you.
“We need to use it as a stimulation. The more heated the atmosphere in San Mames, the more we need to turn it around for us.”
In a major blow to Barcelona, Lionel Messi is in doubt to start the proceedings as hamstring injury keeps him out of contention after Sunday night’s game.
Luis Suarez will miss the upcoming game due to his suspension “after he was sanctioned for goading Espanyol players in the tunnel in the previous round,” notes goal.com.
Last Meeting: FC Barcelona 6-0 Athletic Bilbao – Jan. 17 – La Liga
Barcelona (4-2-3-1): ter Stegen; Alves, Pique, Vermaelen, Roberto; Busquets, Iniesta; Vidal, Messi, Arda; Neymar
Athletic (4-2-3-1): Iago; Lekue, Laporte, Etxeita, Balenziaga; San Jose, Benat; de Marcos, Susaeta, Williams; Aduriz
Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona, Copa Del Rey Cup
Date: Wednesday, 20 January 2016
Time: 9 PM CET, 8 PM GMT
Venue: San Mamés Barria, Bilbao
Live Stream: Bet365