Not many punters would have invested on Bilbao having scored more goals than Barcelona at this stage of the season, especially as Athletic were the highest placed team last season to register a negative goal difference when finishing eighth behind the champions.
Bilbao's best chance this time around (last three score-lines in this fixture: 1-1: 0-1: 1-1) would be to hold their rivals to a worst case draw scenario at the interval, given that Athletic have scored five goals in the second half of their four matches to date, conceding just one in the process.
Barcelona have won both away games and have been in control of the relevant matches by half time, having scored two goals in the opening forty five minutes of play at Atletico Madrid and in the match against Racing Santander.
Given the facts, the relevant 'double result' odds on offer via the potential half time score-lines are as follows:
Draw--Athletic Bilbao (11/1--generally available)
Draw--Draw (best price of 6/1--Victor Chandler)
If like most punters you fancy Barcelona to prevail, the following repetitive winning away scores have been recorded this season:
6 x 1-2 score-lines (7/1 generally available about a 2-1 victory for Barcelona)
2 x 0-1 (15/2 with Bet365 & William Hill)
2 x 0-2 (8/1 with William Hill)
40 matches played thus far in La Liga this season:
Home wins: 16--Best price for Bilbao: 5/1 (Bet365)
Draws: 10--Best price for the draw: 14/5 (Bet365)
Aways: 14--Best price for Barcelona: 8/13 (William Hill)
Five of the ten drawn matches this season have ended in a stalemate scenario. The following companies are offering 14/1 about a 0-0 draw in this match: Bet365--Stan James--William Hill