Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid predictions and match preview for Sunday’s LaLiga fixture. Read on for expert analysis, the head-to-head, team news and predicted lineups as Atleti travel to Camp Nou.
|Sunday 6th February 2022
|16:15 (local time)
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Preview
The big game this weekend in LaLiga comes from Camp Nou where Barcelona and Atletico Madrid face off. While in previous years, this may have felt like a potentially decisive game in the title race, that’s certainly not the case this time around. Instead it’s making sure of Champions League qualification that both teams are targeting and neither can be certain of that right now.
That’s a testament to the problems both sides have had this season but in the circumstances, Barcelona will perhaps be content to only be a point outside the top four heading into February. Their hopes of a top four finish look much brighter now than they did a few months back and the additions of the likes of Ferran Torres, Adama Traore and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang in January suddenly gives them so many more options in the final third.
This is a squad that should not struggle to make the top four from this position but Xavi has a task on his hands when it comes to trying to figure out his best XI. He almost has too many options in the final third now and must figure out how best to handle the difficult Ousmane Dembele situation with the French winger ultimately staying at the club in a month which saw him reject a new contract at Barcelona, as well as offers to leave.
Diego Simeone can perhaps testify that having more options, doesn’t automatically translate to better results. Indeed Atletico Madrid have clearly regressed this season despite bolstering their attacking options in the summer and it wasn’t a huge surprise to see them have a quiet January with only Daniel Wass and Reinildo Mandava coming in to bolster their options at full-back.
This is an Atleti side that has lost 7 of their last 13 games in all competitions. They’ve had a fortnight off to try and fix a few issues although Diego Simeone has been without a host of players due to their international commitments in South America. They have four league games to play before Manchester United visit the Wanda Metropolitano in the Champions League and an improvement is badly needed across the pitch.
Head to Head
- Last 6 Competitive Meetings: 1 Barcelona Win, 3 Atletico Madrid Wins, 2 Draws.
- Atleti are unbeaten in their last 5 games against Barcelona.
- They beat the Catalans 2-0 at the Wanda Metropolitano earlier this season.
- However they have never won at Camp Nou under Diego Simeone.
Barcelona still have notable injury problems with Ansu Fati, Sergi Roberto, Samuel Umtiti and Eric Garcia all still sidelined. New boys Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Adama Traore could both feature, but most likely off the bench.
Antoine Griezmann is expected to miss out through injury against his former club while the game may come too soon for Marcos Llorente. New signing Daniel Wass could start at right-back.
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Predictions
Score Prediction: Barcelona 1-1 Atletico Madrid
Two flawed teams clash here and it’s tough to pick a winner. There’s reason to think both will improve between now and the end of the season and there’s no shortage of quality on either side. However both coaches have a lot of solutions to find and it may take several weeks still before that happens. A point each looks like a likely outcome and it wouldn’t be a disastrous result for either.
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