This is a clash between the second and third position holders of La Liga. After losing points against Sevilla and Celta Vigo, the Catalan side have loosened their grip over the title. They will be desperate to win against Rojiblancos to stay close to Real Madrid, who currently is 2 points ahead of them. The internal situation of Barcelona is also heated up as Quique Setien‘s acceptability among players is also under scrutiny. He needs to win this match to keep both the internal and external matters of the club under control.
Atletico Madrid, on the other hand, is 11 points behind Barca. But they are in red hot form and has won 4 of their last 5 matches with only one draw against Osasuna. They are likely to continue their winning streak against Barcelona. Barcelona have defeated Atletico in the reverse fixture as Messi scored the winning goal in the dying minutes of the game. But the visitors got better of them by defeating them in Supercopa semifinals.
Real Madrid fans will keep an eye on the clash of their arch-rivals as they will hope for an Atletico win.
From the Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid match preview, we are aware of the present scenario of both the clubs. Let’s jump into the current situation of both the squads.
There is no recent injury issues for Barcelona. But they will continue missing Dembele and De Jong as both are out in a long term injury. Sergi Roberto had started training with the team. But he may remain benched for this match.
Predicted Lineup (4-3-3): Ter Stegen, Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba, Puig, Vidal, Rakitic, Messi, Suarez, Fati
The away side has some injury issues. They will miss Vrsaljko, Filipe and Hermoso due to injury. Simeone may choose Trippier on the right-back position with Gimenez and Savic as centre backs. Oblak, who had completed his 150th match against Alaves will also start under the bars.
Predicted Lineup (4-4-2): Oblak, Tripper, Gimenez, Savic, Lodi, Correa, Partey, Saul, Koke, Felix, Costa
Current Form and Records
Barcelona– W W D W D
Atletico– D W W W W
Head To Head
Barcelona– 18 wins
Atletico– 3 wins
From Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid match preview, it is very clear that it is one of the toughest fixtures for Barcelona, as one draw or loss can destroy their last hope to win the league. So, the Catalan side has to win the match to keep the title race alive.
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