Come Saturday, November 24th, the La Liga will experience yet another very crucial fixture as Atletico Madrid welcome Barcelona at the Wanda Metropolitano. This fixture can extend Barcelona’s lead or topple it from the top position in the La Liga table standings. Barcelona has had a very impressive start this season with high affinity to score goals, but also have the weakness of being unable to keep the ball out of their net. Their 3-4 loss to Real Betis just before the international break shows their vulnerability. Atletico Madrid, in contrast, has shown their interest in scooping the La Liga title this season. Whether Barcelona will be able to diminish their dreams over the weekend is something to be seen.
The game which is scheduled for 7:45 PM GMT can be streamed life from the Standard Sport’s Live. Eleven Sports have got the exclusive rights to broadcast La Liga matches this season.
The stakes are extremely high for both teams as none of the teams will be ready to concede easily. Being one point apart, this means if Atletico defeats Barcelona, Barcelona will have to eat a humble pie and occupy the number two or less. On the other hand, if Barcelona wins, Atletico Madrid will lose their grip in the race and will be for points apart from Barcelona. Due to this, both teams are going to do their best to ensure they hold their ground.
Atletico Madrid vs. Barcelona Betting Odds
The two teams have had an impressive start this season despite a few losses or draw here and there. A look into most of Barca’s games this season, most of them have had more than four goals while for Atletico Madrid, most of them have around 12 goals. Below is a list of our prediction for this fixture:
- Atletico to win 1-0: 5
- Under 1.5 goals: 3
- Barca to win 2-1: 9
- Over 4.5 goals: 8
Atletico Madrid Team News
Atletico Madrid has got many of its players in the sidelines due to injuries. Players such as Koke, Thomas Lemer, Jose Gimenez, Stefan Savic, Lucas Hernandez and Diego Godin have all been ruled out of Saturday’s fixture due to injuries.
Barcelona Team News
Barcelona seems to be excessive pressure to do better during this fixture due to their loss to Real Betis the week before the international break. The loss reduced their gap with the rest of the teams hence any loss can put them in a precarious position as title contenders. Barca will also be missing the services of some of its players such as Thomas Vermaelen who is suffering from a hamstring injury. Also, Sergi Samper will be out, till December due to a calf injury. Ivan Rakitic is another one who has been ruled out due to a thigh muscle strain. On the other hand, there is good news for Barca as Phillipe Coutinho has been seen training in anticipation of Saturday’s fixture.
Atletico Madrid and Barcelona have crashed severally in all competitions. This is their eight latest meetings in the Primera Division and how it went:
- 04/03/2018—Barcelona 1-0 Atletico Madrid
- 14/10/2017–Atletico Madrid 1-1 Barcelona
- 26/02/2017–Atletico Madrid 1-2 Barcelona
- 21/09/2016—Barcelona 1-1 Atletico Madrid
- 30/01/2016—Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid
- 12/09/2015– Atletico Madrid 1-2 Barcelona
- 17/05/2015– Atletico Madrid 0-1 Barcelona
- 11/01/2015—Barcelona 3-1 Atletico Madrid