Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid La Liga Predictions

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid La Liga
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid La Liga

The match is over.
Score: 2-0.

Saturday night’s La Liga action is the tie of the weekend with current champions and league leaders Barcelona playing host to second-placed Atletico Madrid in a highly-anticipated clash, which could effectively finish the title race in Spain this season with a home win.

Predictions

Barcelona are well poised to win their fourth La Liga title in the space of five years, as they currently lead second-placed Atletico Madrid by 10 points in the standings.

Ernesto Valverde’s side are unbeaten across their last 17 matches and have won each of their last six outings to put them in full control of the title race.

Atletico are on course for a second-placed finish but remain just two points ahead of city rivals Real Madrid and will be targeting a top two finish rather than a title this campaign.

Diego Simeone’s side have lost four of their last ten games in all competitions but their recent 4-0 win over European-chasing Alaves showed a small sign of recovery.

The hosts will be favourites to continue their recent winning form to possessing home advantage, superior form and quality over Atleti.

The home side are favourites to win this game although may have to settle for a draw against a talented side with a point to prove – a 1-1 draw would appear a likely outcome from it.

Betting Tips

The Spain international has netted only two league goals in a campaign beset by form and injury problems but he did score against Barcelona in Madrid in the 1-1 draw earlier this season and his other goal was last time out against Alaves. He will pose the Barca defence big problems, particularly from set pieces, and this market is among the best online betting odds for this round of fixtures, available at 7/2 from 888Sport.

Barcelona will have one eye on their Champions League quarter-final against Manchester United only days later and know that the league title race is effectively over regardless of the outcome of this game. Atleti have no other distractions and would be confident of at least a point from this clash to rekindle some of their momentum ahead of the season run-in. A draw is 3/1 with 888Sport.

Statistics

Head to Head

The two played out a 1-1 draw in Madrid earlier this season, with Ousmane Dembele’s last minute equaliser cancelling out Diego Costa’s opener. Four of the last seven meetings have ended 1-1, with the other three being won by a Barcelona single goal.

Stats

  • Atletico Madrid have conceded only 19 league goals this season – the best record in the league. Barcelona have conceded 27, more than both Valencia and Getafe.
  • However, the Catalan giants are well clear at the top of the goalscoring charts, they have netted 75 La Liga goals – 23 more than next highest side, Real Madrid.
  • The Blaugrana have lost only one match at the Camp Nou across the past 30 months – a 4-3 loss to Real Betis back in November.
  • Atleti have won just six of their 15 matches away from home in La Liga this season.

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