Barca will face Athletic in league opener for 10th time
- Out of these nine matches, the Catalans have won six and lost only once.
- The most recent time Barca played against Bilbao on Matchday 1 was in 2015.
- Luis Suarez scored the only goal of the game.
Barcelona will start their 2019/2020 La Liga campaign with an away fixture against Athletic Bilbao, Ernesto Valverde's former club. In fact, it will be the 10th time the Catalans begin the league quest against this Basque side.
In total, Barca have beaten Athletic six times and drawn two other fixtures on the league opening matchday. They only lost once and this defeat happened exactly 70 years ago, in 1949.
The most recent time Barca faced Athletic in the La Liga debut fixture dates back to 2015. Just like this Friday, the Catalans had to travel to Bilbao for the league opener. They won 1-0 thanks to Luis Suarez's only goal.
By the way, Ivan Rakitic scored a lovely goal against Athletic back in 2016.