Athletic Bilbao vs Barcelona: Where to Watch La Liga, TV Channel, Live Stream, Team News and Odds

Barcelona's quest for a third consecutive league title begins on Friday, when it travels to Bilbao to take on Athletic.

The Blaugrana looked head and shoulders above their rivals last season and have not stood still in the summer, adding Dutch midfielder Frenkie De Jong from Ajax and Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid for a combined $216 million.

An even bigger signing could be completed by September 2, with the club in talks to sign Neymar just two years after he left the Camp Nou for Paris-Saint Germain in acrimonious circumstances.

The Brazilian is now seemingly intent on returning to Barcelona, with the five-time European Cup winners working to find a way to make his wish come true.

Should Neymar complete his return to Barcelona, it's hard to imagine how Ernesto Valverde could realistically accommodate all the attacking talent at his disposal into the side.

Even with Lionel Messi injured, Valverde could have to choose between Griezmann, Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele and possibly Neymar. Before the Barcelona coach can allow himself to think about possible overcrowding up-front, he has to focus on Athletic Bilbao.

The Basques have rewarded forward Inaki Williams with a lucrative nine-year deal earlier this week and will be hoping the 25-year-old can spearhead a top-four challenge.

Williams' new contract was the only notable element of an otherwise soporific summer for the club, who neither signed nor sold any players and limited itself to promoting a couple of academy products to the senior team.

Athletic Bilbao finished eighth last season, missing out on a Europa League playoff spot to Espanyol only on goal difference. and a return to continental competition is the minimum requirement this year.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of Friday.

 FC Barcelona, Antoine Griezmann
Antoine Griezmann of FC Barcelona during the Trofeu Joan Gamper match against Arsenal FC at the Camp Nou stadium on August 4 in Barcelona, Spain VI Images/Getty

When and where is the game?

Athletic Bilbao hosts Barcelona at the San Mamés Stadium on Friday, August 16, with kick-off scheduled for 9 p.m. local time (3 p.m. ET).

Both meetings ended in a draw last season and Barcelona hasn't lost to Athletic Bilbao in a league game since the 2013-14 campaign.

TV coverage

The game will be broadcast live on beIN SPORTS and beIN SPORTS en Español

Live stream

A live stream will be available via beIN Sports website, and beIN Sports' digital platforms as well as via fuboTV.

Form

After losing its preseason game against Chelsea, Barcelona quickly got into the groove, winning its next four games, including a 2-1 win over Arsenal and a 4-0 thrashing of Napoli.

Athletic's preseason, meanwhile, was a mixed bag with four draws, two wins and just a single defeat—against Racing Santander.

Team news

Barcelona will be without Lionel Messi, who is yet to train with the first team as he continues to recover from a calf injury. Arthur and Arturo Vidal are also out as they're not match fit, but new signings Frenkie de Jong and Antoine Griezmann are expected to start.

Athletic Bilbao, meanwhile, will be at full strength on Friday.

Odds

According to Oddschecker, Barcelona is a 71/100 favorite (-140 in moneyline terms), while the draw is at 29/10 and Athletic Bilbao is at 4/1.

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