Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid predictions, H2H and match preview for this Saturday’s game in La Liga. Read on for analysis, betting tips and predicted line-ups as the top two clash at Camp Nou.
DATE/TIME – Saturday 6th April 2019, 20:45 (Spanish Time)
STADIUM – Camp Nou
COMPETITION – La Liga
This isn’t exactly a title showdown, more a game that will decide whether or not there is any kind of title race over the final seven games. Atletico can cut the deficit to five points if they win at Camp Nou. However that is something they haven’t done in the Diego Simeone era despite clinching the title on this ground in dramatic fashion in 2014.
Atletico’s performances over the past week at least suggest we will have a competitive game here. Diego Simeone’s side had to deal with plenty of criticism following their Champions League exit in Turin, immediately followed by defeat in Bilbao. However they’ve picked up two pretty comfortable wins since. They have a few problems up top though with Alvaro Morata and Diego Costa carrying injuries. The latter is expected to pull through and did end a long goal drought in the reverse fixture.
Ousmane Dembele rescued a point for Barcelona in that game but he is also out there. Otherwise Barcelona should be at full strength unless Ernesto Valverde decides to extend his rotation policy into this weekend with a Champions League date in Manchester on the horizon. That seems unlikely given his side can effectively clinch the title with victory.
Barca rested Leo Messi and Gerard Pique in midweek with the former coming off the bench at 2-2 in Villarreal. The game ended 4-4 and some of Barca’s defending will certainly have encouraged Atleti. However Samuel Umtiti, who is well short on match sharpness, is likely to drop out to make way for Pique.
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Predictions
Score Prediction: 2-1 Barcelona
Betting Tip: Barcelona Win @ 1.76 with Spin Palace Sports (18+)
There is rarely much in clashes between these two but invariably it’s Barcelona that manages to edge them. That could be the way of things again here. Atleti haven’t really performed in the big away games this term and the difference between the teams in terms of attacking threat is too significant to ignore. Messi and Suarez have 51 league goals between them, 6 more than the entire Atleti squad. Alvaro Morata is already Atleti’s second highest scorer this term in La Liga with just 4 goals.
Overall, you’d have to say Barcelona have been significantly better than Atletico Madrid over the course of the season and they are capable of ending any notion of a title race here by winning the game.
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Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid H2H
- Last 6 meetings: 3 Barcelona Wins, 3 Draws.
- The sides drew 1-1 in Madrid earlier this season with Dembele rescuing a point for Barca late on.
- The last 6 meetings at Camp Nou in all competitions have produced 4 Barca wins and only 2 for Atleti.
- Barcelona beat Atleti 1-0 in this fixture last season at a similar point in the campaign to all but wrap up the title.
One to Watch – Leo Messi
Players to score 2⃣0⃣+ goals in Europe’s top five leagues this season:
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) April 5, 2019
Pretty obvious choice but with 9 goals in 5 league games and a cracking record in this fixture down the years, Atleti will have to find some way to limit Leo Messi’s influence if they are to stand any chance of getting the win they need.
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Predicted Line Ups
Ter Stegen – Sergi Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba – Busquets, Arthur, Rakitic – Coutinho, Suarez, Messi (4-3-3)
Atletico Madrid Team:
Oblak – Arias, Gimenez, Godin, Luis – Koke, Rodri, Partey, Saul – Costa, Griezmann (4-4-2)