Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona Predictions and Betting Tips
We would be treated to a proper football match this weekend in the LaLiga Santander as two giants go head-to-head. The stage for this match is the Wanda Metropolitano as Atletico Madrid host Barcelona. Who managed to secure all three points in this massive six-pointer?
The most recent encounter ended in a 2-2 draw in a game in which we saw Messi net his 700th career goal. However, since Diego Simeone arrived in Madrid, he has never recorded a league victory against Barcelona. This will certainly serve as an impetus for home and his players alike as they head into Saturday's game.
Decent form for the Madrid-based side
The Atletico Madrid fans will certainly feel this could be their year given their decent form in the league. They head into their eight fixture having not registered a single loss. Also, with four league wins on the bounce, they actually do have a decent shout with regards to the outcome of this game.
In their most recent game, they hammered newly-promoted Cadiz at the Wanda Metropolitano. Joao Felix, with his 4th and 5th goal of the season, netted a brace, alongside solitary goals from Llorente and Suarez. This win put them just two behind Real Sociedad, having played two games lesser than the league leaders.
Another tough test for Koeman's troops
Barcelona is still yet to impress under Ronald Koeman ever since the 2020/21 season commenced. With just three wins in seven league games, the tides need to turn quickly if they're to get to where they're meant to be in the league standings. Failing to win either of Sevilla or Real Madrid points to the fact that they have struggled against the big teams. As such, this would certainly be a tough game for the visitors- one they're very much capable of winning.
Leo Messi came off the bench to star in their most recent game against Real Betis. Koeman and his side were ahead 2-1 before the Argentine ace came on to score a brilliant brace to take the game away from their opponents. Pedri rounded up the scoring as his side ran out 5-2 winners on the day.
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona Team News
Suarez will be unavailable to face his former club as he tested positive for the Coronavirus. Vrsaljko, Herrera, and Carrasco are all ruled out via injuries. Fati, alongside Umtiti and Busquets, are all ruled out for the visitors.
Atletico Madrid possible starting XI:
Oblak; Lodi, Gimenez, Savic, Trippier; Lemar, Koke, Saul, Llorente; Felix, COrrea
Barcelona possible starting XI:
Ter Stegen; Alba, Pique, Lenglet, Roberto; Pjanic, De Jong; Dembele, Coutinho, Griezmann; Messi
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona Prediction: 1-1
No doubt, Barcelona has been underwhelming this season as they're still managing to adjust to Koeman's style. However, the quality is still evident in their football and they will surely be a force to reckon with come the end of the season. The home side, on the other hand, is in fine form and will be keen on continuing their amazing streak.
However, we don't see a clear winner heading into this game with both side capable to cooking up a victory. As such, we would be sitting on the fence with a scoring draw.