Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola could rest some of his stars with an eye on Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final decider against AC Milan when Athletic Bilbao visit Camp Nou on Saturday. Adriano is still sidelined with a muscle injury for the Catalans, although fellow Brazilian Dani Alves is back from domestic suspension.
Mikel San Jose is back from suspension for Athletic Bilbao, who have a full squad to choose from for the trip to the Catalan capital.
Pep Guardiola: "The timing is what it is. It's better to have three or four days off but teams that want to reach the finals must play many matches close together and in this kind of situation. And we'll do well not to think that Athletic will arrive here tired. I consider him (Bielsa) the best there is and it is a pleasure for me to face him. I have so much admiration for Bielsa and I try to learn from him."
Marcelo Bielsa: "What's important is that we don't walk straight into a trap. We have to avoid that at all costs. We will play our best available XI and did not think about resting anyone ahead of the match."
Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 11 league meetings with Athletic (W8 D3).
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Barça have scored in their last 28 league games against Athletic.
Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 20 league games at home to sides from the Basque Country, winning 18 and drawing just two.
Guardiola’s men have won all but one of their home league games this season, averaging 4.1 goals per game and are unbeaten in 32 on their own turf (D3).
Athletic have dropped the most points in the last five minutes of league games this season (11).
Barcelona have kept the most clean sheets in the league this season (15).
Barcelona have received the fewest yellow cards at home of all sides in La Liga this season (25, including one red for two yellows).
Only Borja Valero (77) has won more fouls than Muniain in the league this season (74).
Messi has scored in six consecutive league games, beating his previous record by one game.
Messi has averaged two goals per game at home in the league this season, Málaga and Real Madrid are the only two teams who have averaged more.
Barcelona 1/7, Atheltic Bilbao 22/1, Draw 19/2