Athletic Club vs Barcelona Betting Tip Both teams to score – 17 April 2021

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SpainAthletic Club vs BarcelonaSpain
17 April 2030hrs
Football – Spain – Copa del Rey
Pick Both teams to score
Bookmaker Bet365
Odds: 4/6  odds taken 2000 GMT, Thursday 15 April


It’s just two weeks since Athletic Club lost in the 2020 Copa del Rey final but they have a chance for redemption when facing Barcelona in this season’s running.


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Athletic Club – Can Athletic make it their first Copa del Rey triumph since 1984?

It’s certainly unique circumstances for Athletic who find themselves competing in their second Copa del Rey final in as many weeks. The postponement of last season’s final and delay in getting that played is the reason for this, but head coach Marcelino will be hoping for a better outcome this time around. Athletic went down 1-0 to Basque rivals Real Sociedad and remain in search of their first silverware since 1984 when they done the league and cup double.

All concerned with the club will be hoping that fate is on their side as they beat Barcelona in that final, winning 1-0.


Our betting prediction
Sending off in match

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(odds taken 2000 GMT, Thursday 15 April)

Their route to this season’s final has seen them defeat lower league sides in Ibiza and Alcoyano in earlier rounds. Athletic then had real challenges in seeing off Real Betis after penalties before an extra-time win against Levante in the semi-final. There has never been more than a one goal margin in Athletic’s last 11 cup ties.

Veteran attacker Raul Garcia has been in good goal scoring form in this season’s cup run scoring three goals. He won the competition with Atletico Madrid back in 2013 but has been runners-up on three other occasions.

Barcelona Preview – Will Brisbane build on their first win in nine to improve their hopes of the playoffs?

Barcelona have had to dust themselves off after last weekend’s defeat in El Clasico as they look to win the first trophy in Ronald Koeman’s reign. There is still plenty of life left in their hunt for La Liga but there’s no doubt winning Saturday’s final would go a long way to building the mentality and spirit needed as the young squad look to progress.

No team has won the competition more than Barcelona with their success in 2018 taking them to 30 Copa del Reys. Incidentally, Athletic Club are next in the list with 23.

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Barca’s run to the final has not been without some drama either. They required extra-time to see off Cornella and narrowly got past Raye Vallecano in the next round. An enthralling tie away to Granada eventually went their way, winning 5-3 in extra-time before their epic comeback against Sevilla in the semi-final, progressing 3-2 on aggregate.

I alluded to the youthfulness of this group and it’s evident to see how much of a transition there has been over the last few months. Pedri, Oscar Mingueza and Sergino Dest are all 21 or younger and having breakthrough seasons. They’ll all likely start in this one.

Athletic Club vs Barcelona Betting Advice

It’s a meeting of the two teams with most successes in this competition but only one will be adding another victory to their total come full time tomorrow. This will be the ninth meeting between the teams in the final and it’s set to be another fascinating clash. Their most recent clash at this stage was back in 2015 when Barca won 3-1.

In terms of their meetings this season, Barcelona have won both in La Liga but it was Athletic who had the edge when facing each other in the Spanish Super Cup.


Key Facts – Athletic Club vs Barcelona Betting Tip

  • Athletic are looking to make amends having lost out to Real Sociedad in the 2020 final (played earlier this month)
  • Barca are looking to clinch their first trophy under Koeman and what would be a 31 triumph in this competition
  • Koeman’s men have won both league meetings against Athletic in this campaign


There have been 13 goals in the three meetings between the teams this season and there’s enough to suggest the goals will continue here. Eight of Barcelona’s last 10 games have seen both teams scoring and that’s the selection for Saturday’s showpiece occasion.


Best Betting Odds for Athletic Club vs Barcelona

Athletic Club : 19/4 at Betvictor
Draw: 7/2 at Betvictor
Barcelona: 1/2 at Betvictor