Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid: Preview, Prediction, Team News, & Lineups
Can Atletico Madrid stop unbeaten Barcelona to heat the title race?
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid will obviously be one of the fiercest games. As both sides come face to face at the Camp Nou, Could the tactics of Diego Simeone outwit the fierceness of Ernesto Valverde?
For Valverde, the only thing that could stop him from winning the title is Atletico. Atletico is in terrific form, and last night we got to see a stunning performance from Antoine Griezmann as he scored all four goals against Leganes. This could be an indication of how dangerous he is right now and is all set to upset Barca.
For Barcelona, this fixture counts for one of the most crucial games they have faced so far in the competition. If they can win this tie, the win would definitely increase their hopes of winning the league title. They played a draw to Las Palmas in the earlier match, which was an away game, and in-home they always are the better side.
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On the other hand, Second-placed Atletico are very confident against the Catalan Giants considering their recent results and them winning game after game.
With both the sides likely to play in the same formation, this could be a very excruciating match between the two heavyweights. Barca is undefeated at home this season with ten wins and two draws.
Simeone’s side have a record of seven wins, three draws and a loss in their away fixtures this season in the competition. With a terrific run of form of Atletico Madrid, them winning all their last nine games in all competition will definitely create trouble for the Blaugrana.
In the last 57 matches played between these two sides overall competition, the Catalans have widely taken the lead. They have 28 wins, 14 draws and 15 losses over all the times the sides have met.
The last 5 meetings between the two sides have seen Atletico failing to secure a win, and Barca emerged victorious twice. The previous meeting between the side was a draw in which both the side shared a goal apiece.
Nelson Semedo for Barcelona will be missing this crucial home fixture. The young lad is out due to injury and will be missing a lot of action for the Catalans. He faced a hamstring injury in the match against Girona.
Sergi Samper, who has suffered damage to the ankle ligament will continue to witness the match from the sidelines. Jordi Alba is all set to return to face Atleti after having recently completed his suspensions.
Meanwhile, Twenty-two-year-old Lucas Hernandez is unavailable for Diego Simeone.
As Atletico Madrid are desperate to close the gap with Barca, they are not hit by many injuries except other than Stefan Savic.
They will be hoping to play out the 4-4-2 formation and overturn the tide and maybe steal the title away from the Catalan giants.
Players to Watch
Lionel Messi currently has an excellent run of form this term. The Argentine magician is the star player of Barcelona. He now leads the league in terms of goals. The forward has 23 goals and 12 assists to his name this season.
The talented Argentine will be at his best in the match against Atletico Madrid as he hopes to win the match by himself. He can’t get enough with his goal-scoring ability and with his skills he is currently one of the best players in the world. The whole team would be relying on the talent of this player as they hope to secure the league title.
The defense of the red and the whites should be tight if they want to stop him from scoring and assisting a goal.
Just when it looked like the French International was now pacified at goal, we saw his four goals haul against Leganes. The left-footed player has some amazing ability to score goals, and we can expect him to be the star player for The Indians.
The French player has 15 goals and seven assists to his name in the La Liga. He has it all, from strength to speed, he outwits most players who play his role as a forward. In this clash against Barca, Griezmann with his fantastic four goals against Leganes wants everybody to know that he will be looking to score.
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Lineup (Predicted XI)
Barcelona Lineup (4-4-2)
GK: Ter Stegen
DEF: Roberto (LB), Pique (CB), Umtiti (CB), Alba (RB)
MID: Coutinho (LM), Rakitic (CM), Busquets (CM), Iniesta (RM)
Atletico Madrid Lineup (4-4-2)
DEF: Juanfran (LB), Gimenez (CB), Godin (CB), Filipe Luis (RB)
MID: Koke (LM), Thomas (CM), Saul (CM), Correa (RM)
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Prediction
Both sides are in an excellent run of form, and this match between them will be a nerve-wracking one. Atletico would do anything to their limit to not let that title hopes away from them. Barca definitely do not want to be stopped and want to keep their undefeated campaign intact.
In the previous five meetings between these two sides, there was always goals being scored by both of them, and this match could not be any different.
We predict that Diego Simeone’s side could stop the Catalans Giants.
Barcelona – 2
Atletico Madrid – 3