What has been Athletic Club and Barcelona's form ahead of this match?
Athletic Club will make it to this game on a five, game streak without a win, but curiously, only one of those games has ended in defeat. Their last win in all comps came against Granada in La Liga on March 7. Since then, Los Leones lost once (vs Atlético) and drew four matches, the last one of those taking place against Alavés last week.
On the other side of the pitch, Barcelona will enter the Copa del Rey final after losing El Clásico last week. Prior to that, Los Culés had won four out of their last five games, with the only exception being their draw against PSG in the UEFA Champions League. During that run, Koeman's side has scored a whopping 15 goals, while their defense has conceded only five times.
How did Athletic Club and Barcelona get to the Copa del Rey final?
Athletic entered the tournament in the Round of 32, where they defeated U.D Ibiza with a 2-1 score. Then, Los Leones faced Alcoyano in the Round of 16, eliminating them with a similar result. Their Quarterfinal match against Betis ended in a penalty shootout, which they won 4-1. Then, the Basque sideh earned their ticket to the finals by beating Levante with a 3-2 result after extra time.
On the other hand, Barcelona started their run in the tournament with a 2-0 score in the Round of 32, where they needed extra time to beat the lower-tier side. Then, Los Blaugranas won their Round of 16 clash against Rayo 2-1. The Catalan side would go on to beat Granada 5-3 after extra time despite trailing 2-0 at one point of the game. Their semi-final clash would also be filled with drama, as an extra time goal by Martin Braithwaite helped them eliminate Sevilla with a 3-2 score to make it to the title clash.
Athletic Club vs Barcelona - Who's in and who's out?
Athletic Club: Injured: Peru Nolaskoain.
Barcelona: Injured: Neto, Philippe Coutinho, Ansu Fati.
Athletic Club vs Barcelona - Head-to-head
This will be the fourth meeting between these teams in the 2020-21 season. Barcelona won two of those, while Athletic claimed one win for themselves.
There have been no draws between these teams in their past six games. Each team has won three times against the other.
Barcelona won the last clash between these teams with a 2-1 score thanks to a late goal by Antoine Griezmann.
Athletic have won their last two games against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey. Los Leones won both those games one-nil.
Barcelona have only been able to beat Athletic once in the last four games where Lionel Messi was not able to score. That win came on June 23, 2020, when Ivan Rakitic scored for Los Culés.
This will be the eighth Copa del Rey final between these teams. Barcelona have won five of those (including the last three), while Athletic have only won two against Los Culés.
This will be Ronald Koeman's sixth game against Athletic Club as coach. He has won two (both of them this season) and has lost three.
Athletic's boss Marcelino García Toral will face Barcelona for the 25th time as coach. He has won two of those meetings, with six draws, and 16 losses.
Athletic will play their second Copa del Rey final in less that a month. The 2019-20 edition was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the game was held on April 3rd, 2021. Athletic lost to Real Sociedad 1-0.
Broadcast info - Athletic Club vs Barcelona
In Spain - DAZN, TeleCinco Espana.
In the U.S. - ESPN+.
In the U.K. - Premier Sports 1, Premier Player HD.
In Germany - DAZN.
In France - Free, Molotov, L'Equipe, L'Equipe Web.
In Italy - Nove TV.
In Mexico - Sky HD, Blue To Go Video Everywhere.
In Argentina - DIRECTV Sports Argentina, DIRECTV Play Deportes.
In Brazil - GUIGO, ESPN Brasil, NOW NET e Claro.
Athletic Club vs Barcelona Broadcast Information
Stadium: Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla (Sevilla)
Netherlands: Ziggo Sport Select, Ziggo Sport 14
Nigeria: StarTimes App, Startimes Sports Life
Portugal: Sport TV LIVE, Sport TV3
Spain: DAZN, TeleCinco Espana
Turkey: Tivibu Spor 2
United Kingdom: Premier Sports 1, Premier Player HD
United States: ESPN App, ESPN+