Preview: Barcelona vs. Athletic Bilbao

Sports Mole takes a closer look at Athletic Bilbao's trip to the Camp Nou to take on Barcelona.

Barcelona will be looking to make it a perfect nine points from three games when they host Athletic Bilbao at the Camp Nou on Saturday afternoon.

It has been an excellent start to life as head coach for Luis Enrique, but his side will face their toughest challenge of the campaign so far against last season's fourth-placed side.

Enrique has been handed a boost in his preparations, with Thomas Vermaelen believed to be ready to make his debut in place of Jeremy Mathieu, who is struggling with an ankle injury.

Andres Iniesta has been back in training this week, but it remains unclear whether he will be risked ahead of the start of Barcelona's Champions League campaign.

Bilbao are currently three points behind the leaders following one win and one loss from their opening two games, and Ernesto Valverde is likely to name the same team which beat Levante 3-0 before the international break.

Recent form

Barcelona: WW

Bilbao: LW

Possible starting lineups

Barcelona: Bravo; Alves, Pique, Vermaelen, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Rafinha; Pedro, Messi, Munir

Bilbao: Iraizoz, Laporte, Balenziaga, San Jose, De Marcos, Iturraspe, Mikel Rico, Benat, Gomez, Muniain, Aduriz

Sports Mole says: 3-1

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Barcelona24195062115162
2Atletico MadridAtletico2416713692755
3Valencia24144647281946
4Real Madrid23136454262845
5Sevilla2412393135-439
6Villarreal2411583529638
7EibarEibar2410593236-435
8GironaGirona249783430434
9Real Betis24103114149-833
10Celta Vigo239594134732
11Getafe237972621530
12Real Sociedad2485114645129
13Leganes2385102025-529
14Athletic Bilbao2461082427-328
15AlavesAlaves2491142233-1128
16Espanyol246992232-1027
17Levante24311102138-1720
18Las PalmasLas Palmas2453161852-3418
19Deportivo La CorunaDeportivo2445152453-2917
20Malaga2434171538-2313
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