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Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao takes place in the Spanish La Liga on Saturday in what promises to be a feast of attacking football. Barcelona are known the world over for their slick passing and attacking style, and today they clash with a Bilbao side who feature a trademark frantic attacking style, who are not afraid to throw caution to the wind. The game is scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
Barcelona come into this tie a massive 11 points clear of fierce rivals and current champions Real Madrid. Most pundits are already ready to start engraving Barcelona's name on the cup this season despite only 13 games gone so far. However, it should be noted that Real are not Barcelona's biggest rivals for the top spot in the La Liga table. Atletico Madrid are just three points away from Barca, and should Barcelona lose today then Athletico could catch them and draw level on points.
So Barcelona will not be taking the championship as won quite yet and will know there is a long way to go yet this season. They will not be taking their foot off the pedal in today's game.
Athletic Bilbao will be looking to hand out Barcelona's first loss in the league this season, although most do not give them a chance. Bilbao are low down the table with just 15 points from their 13 games. They have lost more than they've won and are likely to be another notch on the Barcelona win column following today's game.
Barcelona will be fresh and ready to go for today's game having claimed a midweek cup win where they rested a number of their key players.
However, Dani Alves is out with an injury, meaning Martin Montoya is likely to come in at right back.
For Bilbao Fernando Llorente is back in the line up, and Aritz Aduriz returns from a suspension. However, whether they will be able to stop the Barcelona parade towards another La Liga title is another thing.
Barcelona vs Athletic Bilbao kicks off at 2 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.