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Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona: Copa del Rey 2023/24 Live Stream, Form Guide, Head to Head, Schedule, Fixture and Probable Lineups

In a captivating Copa del Rey quarter-final clash on Wednesday night, Athletic Bilbao welcomes Barcelona to San Mames. Ernesto Valverde, having guided the Basque team to a 2-0 victory over Alaves in the last 16, faces his former club. Meanwhile, Barcelona advanced to the quarter-finals with a 3-1 win over Unionistas.

Athletic Bilbao, consistent semi-finalists in the last four Copa del Rey editions and runners-up in 2019-20 and 2020-21, showcase their knockout expertise in the current campaign. Under coach Ernesto Valverde, a former Copa del Rey winner with Barcelona, they have secured four relatively straightforward victories over Rubi, Cayon, Eibar, and Alaves. Asier Villalibre’s brace against Alaves sent Athletic into the quarters for the fifth consecutive year. The upcoming clash with Barcelona comes after Athletic’s first defeat since October 22, ending a 14-game unbeaten run. Despite the setback, they remain formidable in knockout competitions, last exiting at this stage in the 2015-16 campaign.

Athletic Bilbao faces the challenging task of securing a seventh consecutive home win against Barcelona in the Basque Country. Despite a recent 4-2 loss to Barcelona, Athletic aims to maintain their impressive home record. In that match, Ferran Torres shone with a hat-trick and an assist for Joao Felix’s spectacular strike, lifting Barcelona to the top three in La Liga. Xavi, under scrutiny for his long-term future, has led Barcelona to a promising start in 2024, with five wins in six competitive games. However, Athletic has been a stumbling block for Barcelona in recent Copa del Rey editions, eliminating them in 2019-20 and 2021-22, although Barcelona currently holds a four-game winning streak against Athletic without conceding a goal.

Probable lineups

Athletic Bilbao probable starting lineup: Simon, Lekue, Vivian, Paredes, Berchiche, Herrera, Prados, Muniain, Sancet, N. Williams, Villalibre

Barcelona probable starting lineup: Pena, Kounde, Araujo, Christensen, Balde, Pedri, Gundogan, De Jong, Torres, Lewandowski, Felix

Form Guide

Athletic Bilbao

OpponentsScore
Valencia0-1 (L)
Alaves2-0 (W)
Real Sociedad2-1 (W)
Eibar3-0 (W)
Sevilla2-0 (W)

Barcelona

OpponentsScore
Betis4-2 (W)
Unionistas3-1 (W)
Real Madrid1-4 (L)
Osasuna2-0 (W)
Barbastro3-2 (W)

Head to Head

Last 5 matches- ResultScore
Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao1-0
Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao1-0
Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao4-0
Barcelona beat Athletic Bilbao4-0
Athletic Bilbao beat Barcelona3-2

Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona Live Schedule and Fixture

The Copa del Rey match between Athletic Bilbao and Barcelona will take place at San Mames on Thursday at 2:00 am IST.

Athletic Bilbao vs BarcelonaKey Details
DateJanuary 25
VenueSan Mames
Kickoff time in Spain9:30 pm (Wednesday)
Kickoff time in India2:00 am (Thursday)

Where to watch Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona?

Football fans internationally can catch the live action via YouTube, Bet365, Shahid while those in Spain can watch the match via TVE La 1, fuboTV España, RTVE.es.

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