MX23RW : Sunday, January 20 07:34:01
Jan 5, 2017 at 8.15pm UK at ​San Mames
Athletic Bilbao
2-1
Barcelona
Aduriz (25'), Williams (28')
Garcia (74'), Iturraspe (80')
FT(HT: 2-0)
Messi (52')

Team News: Luis Enrique opts for strong Barcelona XI in Athletic Bilbao clash

Team News: Enrique opts for strong Barca XI
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Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique opts for a strong starting XI ahead of Thursday night's Copa del Rey last-16 first leg at Athletic Bilbao.

Barcelona head coach Luis Enrique has picked a strong starting XI as his side prepares to take on Athletic Bilbao in Thursday night's Copa del Rey last-16 first leg at San Mames.

The Catalan giants, whose last competitive fixture was in the same competition on December 21, make nine changes from the side which beat Hercules 7-0 on that day.

Enrique has brought back the majority of his first-team players to the fold, including the famed attacking trident of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar.

As for the hosts, head coach Ernesto Valverde has made three changes to the Bilbao side which beat Racing Santander 3-0 on December 22.

Out go Inigo Lekue, Mikel Rico and Iker Muniain, and in come Eneko Boveda, Enric Saborit and Ander Iturraspe.

Athletic Bilbao: Iraizoz; Boveda, Laporte, Etxeita, Balenziaga; San Jose, Ituraspe; Williams, Garcia, Saborit; Aduriz

Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Neymar

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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona19134253203343
2Atletico MadridAtletico20118130131741
3Real Madrid2011363024636
4Sevilla209653122933
5AlavesAlaves209562223-132
6Getafe208752516931
7Valencia2051141918126
8Real Betis197572223-126
9Real Sociedad197482322125
10GironaGirona195952123-224
11Espanyol197392127-624
12Levante196583035-523
13Athletic Bilbao1941052025-522
14EibarEibar195772128-722
15Leganes195771721-422
16Real Valladolid195771721-422
17Celta Vigo205693234-221
18Rayo Vallecano1954102234-1219
19Villarreal193882025-517
20Huesca2025131739-2211

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