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La Liga: Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid preview

Kick off: Saturday, 30 January @15:00 GMT

Venue: Camp Nou (Barcelona)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona 1-2 (2015/2016 La Liga)
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona 0-1 (2014/2015 La Liga)
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona 2-3 (2014/2015 Copa del Rey)
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid 1-0 (2014/2015 Copa del Rey)
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid 3-1 (2014/2015 La Liga)

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid prediction

Saturday’s game at Camp Nou pits together Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, the two sides who are level on points ahead of Matchday 22. Barca aim to cement top position in La Liga standings, but Diego Simeone has something else on his mind.

A win for the trophy?

Seeing that Barcelona are level on points with Atletico Madrid, with one game in hand, a victory over los Rojiblancos will see the Catalan giants move one step closer to defending the La Liga title. Luis Enrique’s men recorded a hard-fought 2-1 win over Malaga at the weekend and they did well to come from behind to beat Athletic Bilbao at Camp Nou in Wednesday’s Copa del Rey game. Barca clinched their place in the Spanish Cup semis, but the team’s main goal is to win the Primera Division title. The reigning champions are eyeing their eight consecutive win in all competitions and seeing that Neymar has overcome his injury, Atletico Madrid defenders are likely to have their work cut out for them when facing the Barca attackers. Luis Enrique’s men have netted 14 goals in previous three league matches at Camp Nou, but they will have to be at their sharpest if they are to emerge triumphant in the La Liga derby.

Jordi Alba and Arda Turan have recovered in time to face Atletico Madrid, while Neymar returns to the starting line-up after missing the Malaga match.

Poor form

Following a goalless draw with ten-man Sevilla, Atletico Madrid suffered a disappointing loss to Celta Vigo in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals on Wednesday evening. Diego Simeone’s men have been struggling to find their form of late and, with Barca next, they are unlikely to put an end to their three-match winless run in all competitions. Los Rojiblancos are level on points with Barcelona and seeing that the capital club will be happy with one point from the match, there is every chance the visitors will rely on their rock-solid defence in Saturday’s derby. Atletico Madrid are after their sixth consecutive clean sheet in La Liga, but preventing Barca trio Messi-Suarez-Neymar from scoring is easier said than done. Antoine Griezmann is the brightest star in Diego Simeone’s team and all eyes will be on the Frenchman on Saturday evening. You should bear in mind that los Rojiblancos are eyeing their fourth consecutive away win in Primera Division.

Fernando Torres is a major doubt and he will be assessed on the match day, while Tiago Mendes remains in the recovery room. Diego Simeone has no other selection worries ahead of the Camp Nou clash.

Quick Facts

  • Barcelona are after their fourth consecutive clean sheet at home ground
  • Luis Enrique’s men suffered their last defeat at home on 21 February 2015
  • Barca are after their sixth consecutive win over Atletico Madrid
  • Atletico Madrid managed to keep a clean sheet in each of their last three away games
  • Los Rojiblancos recorded their last win at Camp Nou back in 2006

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid betting tip

Barcelona have been producing splendid displays at their Camp Nou in the 2015/2016 La Liga campaign and seeing that Atletico Madrid have been far from impressive in the national championship of late, there is every chance the title holders will extend their winning run on Saturday. Barcelona trio Messi – Neymar – Suarez looks unstoppable and, taking everything into account, the Catalan giants are likely to pick up all three points from the La Liga derby.

Tip: Barcelona/Barcelona

Odds: 2.25 (5/4) @BetVictor

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