Atletico Madrid vs. Barcelona: La Liga – Match Preview

Barcelona need a result away at Atletico Madrid when the pair go head to head on Sunday in La Liga.

Atletico Madrid took control of their Champions League tie with Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday evening after a 4-2 win in Germany.

A Kevin Gameiro hat-trick helped them to a comfortable 4-1 win away at Sporting Gijon last weekend.

Barcelona needed a late Lionel Messi penalty to overcome Leganes last weekend.

Another disappointing display from Barcelona saw them look set to drop two points, but a last minute penalty kept them on Real Madrid’s heels.

Enhanced match odds

Barcelona to beat Atletico Madrid: 10/1 with Betfair*

La Liga form: Atletico Madrid W3 D2 L0; Barcelona W4 D1 L0
La Liga top scorers
Atletico Madrid – Kevin Gameiro & Antoine Griezmann 9 goals each
Barcelona – Lionel Messi 19 goals

Match history
Barcelona eliminated Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey semi-finals earlier this season, winning 2-1 at the Vicente del Calderon.

Last five meetings
Barcelona 1 Atletico Madrid 1 – 02/02/17
Atletico Madrid 1 Barcelona 2 – 28/01/17
Barcelona 1 Atletico Madrid 1 – 21/09/16
Atletico Madrid 2 Barcelona 0 – 13/04/16
Barcelona 2 Atletico Madrid 1 – 05/04/16

Atletico Madrid HT / Draw FT – 16/1 with Bet Victor

Team news
Jan Oblak is likely to start for Atletico after he was named among the substitutes in the week.

Diego Godin is another who could be rushed back here, however Juanfran is injured.

Barcelona will be without Javier Mascherano, but Sergio Busquets is available again following suspensin.

Arda Turan is likely to be on the bench following a niggle of his own.

Expected starting XI’s
Atletico Madrid (4-4-2): Oblak; Vrsaljko, Savic, Godin, Felipe Luis; Saul, Koke, Gabi, Carrasco; Gameiro, Griezmann
Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Umtiti, Pique, Alba; Gomes, Busquets, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Neymar

Predictions

Result: Draw (12/5 with Bet 365)

Correct Score: 1-1 (6/1 with Bet Victor)

Anytime Goalscorer: Antoine Griezmann (2/1 with Coral)

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