Tip Athletic Bilbao - Barcelona
Some clubs go years without playing in one Copa del Rey final, Athletic Bilbao are in their second of the month and take on Barcelona in the 2020/21 final. They have already lost the 2019/20 final this month, being beaten by Real Sociedad, this is a tougher task. Bilbao are 11th in La Liga and with little chance of qualifying for Europe via their league position. Winning this trophy will take them into the Europa Conference League. They must be getting used to playing in domestic finals this season. This is their third of the season and they have already had success in the Super Cup, beating Barcelona 3-2 in the final, after earlier beating Real Madrid. The two clubs have met since that final with Barcelona getting a 2-1 home win. Bilbao don't look to be in the form to cause another upset. They have gone six games without a win, though four have been drawn. A couple of those draws were at home against the bottom two sides in La Liga. Only two goals have been scored by them in their last five matches. It's not been an easy journey to this final for Bilbao. They needed penalties to get past Real Betis in the last eight and beat Levante in extra time of the second leg after going behind in both legs.
Barcelona struggled in early season but could still end up doing the Spanish league and cup double. The weekend saw them lose to Real Madrid but with leaders Atletico faltering, they are still only two points behind. That defeat ended a run of nine games without defeat since losing at home to PSG. Once this cup tie is over, it's La Liga all the way and hopefully with one half of the double completed. They looked like being knocked out in the semi-final of this competition. The away first leg at Sevilla was lost 2-0 but Barca won the second leg 3-0 after extra time (the equalizer came in second half injury time) to qualify for the final. With 25 goals in their last ten matches, Barcelona are likely to prove too much for their opponents. Go for Barcelona to get the win in 90 minutes and win this trophy for the 31st time in their history.
Key points Athletic Bilbao - Barcelona
Barcelona have one loss in their last ten games.
Bilbao have gone six matches without a win.
The last five Bilbao games have seen them score twice.
Barcelona lead 2-1 in head-to-head matches with Bilbao this season.
Conclusion Athletic Bilbao - Barcelona
Barcelona bid to win the Copa del Rey for the 31st time. They so nearly lost in the semi-finals but are hot favourites to beat Athletic Bilbao in this final. Barcelona lost to Bilbao in the Super Cup final but have completed a league double over them. Bilbao aren't in great form going into this game, struggling for points, goals and winning Copa del Rey finals. A second cup final loss of the month awaits them, go for Barcelona to win,
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Athletic Bilbao Barcelona Prediction published on April 14, 2021