Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona-08-01-23

On Sunday night, Atletico Madrid will welcome Barcelona to the Spanish capital in one of the most important matches on the La Liga schedule. With 27 points after 15 games, Atletico is presently fourth in Spain’s top division, while Barcelona is first and tied with Real Madrid for first position in the standings with 38 points.

On Sunday, Atletico Madrid will host Barcelona in La Liga in a match that could decide whether Xavi’s team keeps the league’s top spot or loses it, with Diego Simeone’s team trying to get back into the top three.

Atletico has won all three of their games since returning to domestic action post-FIFA World Cup while Barca drew with Espanyol in the league and needed extra time against Intercity in the Copa del Rey. With Real Madrid second and away at Villarreal CF this weekend, it could be a pivotal round of games in the title race.

With only eight victories this season in 15 La Liga games, three draws, and four losses, Atletico is currently in fourth place in the standings, 11 points behind leaders Barcelona. Diego Simeone’s club will not be competing for the championship this year; instead, they will try to finish in the top four, as they are only two points above Athletic Bilbao in fifth place and Real Betis in sixth place.

Form Guide: Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid was in very poor form before the World Cup break, losing 5 straight games in both the Champions League and La Liga. Then, they were successful in winning three straight Copa del Rey games as well as the title game versus Mallorca. With this squad, they were able to climb back up to fourth place in the standings, securing their spot in the Champions League for the upcoming campaign.

Diego Simeone’s side still has problems defensively, given they have only kept one clean sheet in their last six La Liga outings, while both teams have netted in seven of their last 11 in all competitions.

Their home form also leaves something to be desired, winning just three of their seven league games, five of which have seen both teams net.

Atletico Madrid certainly needs something like that and so does their coach Diego Simeone whose future at the club beyond this season is under some scrutiny. El Cholo has specialized in proving the doubters wrong and eventually getting it right with Atletico over the years.

Form Guide: Barcelona

Barcelona and Espanyol played to a scoreless draw in the local derby. Because they still had a stronger goal differential than Real Madrid after losing their two-point lead, this club’s loss of first place was unaffected. Barcelona struggled mightily in the cup matchup against Intercity of the lower level but eventually prevailed in overtime.

Espanyol held Barcelona to a 1-1 home draw as they started the new La Liga season. Real Madrid, who are now in second position, are now tied with them for first place in the standings. Robert Lewandowski won’t be playing for Barcelona in this match. Following his red card against Osasuna in the final match before the World Cup break, he has been suspended.

The third-tier opposition gave the Catalan team a scare by tying the score three times to force extra time, but Ansu Fati secured victory for Xavi’s team in the 103rd minute. In a league encounter that featured two red cards, Espanyol held Barcelona to a 1-1 draw last Saturday. Joselu had canceled out Marcos Alonso’s opening goal.

Currently, Xavi’s team leads the standings with a record of 12 victories, two draws, and one loss from 15 league games this season. They are tied on points (38) with Real Madrid in second place.

How the game could go

Barcelona would have likely been the favorite to win this match before the World Cup, but the early indications suggest Atleti may be on the upswing after the restart, while Barça hasn’t appeared to be as solid defensively as it was before Qatar. Lewandowski’s absence is another glaringly significant setback that might just tip what should be a close game in Atleti’s favor.

Atletico Madrid has struggled at home this year, earning just 11 points from seven league games played at Wanda Metropolitano, while Barcelona has won six of its seven away games in Spain’s top division. Although it wouldn’t come as a surprise if the Catalan team won this match, we just have a gut feeling that the final score will be tied.

Betting Predictions

Draw

Barcelona’s streak of victories in La Liga came to an end in the final round when they drew with their local rivals Espanyol. Blaugrana maintains its lead over Real Madrid in the standings despite having a higher goal differential. Atletico Madrid has had a mixed recent record, with two wins, two draws, and two losses in their previous six La Liga games. Even though they are currently eleven points behind Real Madrid and Barcelona in the rankings, the squad is still in fourth position. Although Barcelona has performed significantly better than Atletico Madrid this season, at least in La Liga, this is still a crucial derby and we’ve recently seen Atletico perform slightly better so we expect a very close game. Also, Atletico will host the match in Madrid, so we don’t see Barcelona winning it. We feel that the most realistic outcome for this game is a draw, which will suit both teams to some extent. Bet9ja have 3.40, 1xbet have 3.50 and Paripesa have 3.50 odds.

Under 2.5 Goals

Diego Simeone’s game philosophy is widely known, especially when it comes to strong derby matches with super-quality teams like Barcelona. Deviation from defensive tactics should not be affected by the fact that they are playing at home. In direct duels against Barcelona, they conceded only 3 goals in the last 5 matches at the Vicente Calderon, so it seems that such tactics are paying off. Barcelona is the favorite here, but this is a derby in which any result is possible, and the importance of the match and the quality of the defense and defensive midfield of both teams suggests that there should not be more than 2 goals in the entire match. Under 2.5 goals is a great option. Bet9ja have 1.87 odds, Paripesa have 1.97, and 1xbet have 1.97 odds.

Anytime Goalscorer (Atletico Madrid)

Antoine Griezmann

Antoine Griezmann may have a point to prove to his old employers Barcelona as he looks to add to his three assists in his last two games. The Frenchman had a fairly good outing at the World cup and will surely want to replicate such performances against his old employers today. The odds for him to score here look good to be a proper selection. Bet9ja have 3.75 odds for him to score while Paripesa have 4.00.

Morata

Alvaro Morata would be glad to be back in Atletico colors as he didn’t enjoy his outing at the world cup. He is tied on goals with Griezmann in the league for his club and would be leading the line today. We can see both of them produce an efficient strike partnership today. Bet9ja have 3.15 odds for him to score while Paripesa have 3.10.

Anytime Goalscorer (Barcelona)

Memphis

Robert Lewandowski is suspended for this weekend’s game, and it remains to be seen who will replace the Polish striker in the Blaugrana starting eleven. Memphis Depay Is the most likely replacement up top with the Dutch forward having big shoes to fill. He has experience playing against Atletico Madrid and we are counting on that here today. Bet9ja have 3.40 odds for him to score while Paripesa have 2.62.

Ousmane Dembélé

Barça may need Ousmane Dembélé to be at his creative best in today’s game. He is second with four goals in the league for Barcelona behind veteran forward Lewandowski. He can be the difference today also as he has shown in the past this season, and we are counting on him to do so. Bet9ja have 4.55 odds for him to score while Paripesa have 4.50 odds.

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