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Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid: Match Preview

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Barcelona faces Atletico Madrid with Sergi Roberto calling it a final for the title race. Atletico Madrid will play Barcelona at Camp Nou on Saturday to decrease the difference at the top to five points.

Barcelona had a scare against Villareal last time out when they need two late goals from Messi and Suarez to draw the game 4-4. Ernesto Valverde’s side has an eight-point lead at the top of the La Liga with Atletico Madrid their closest and only possible title rivals.

Form

Barcelona – WWWWD

Barcelona were 2 goals down against Villareal with one minute from normal time remaining before a Messi special and Suarez’s late goal rescued a draw. Besides the scare Villareal gave the Catalonians they have had pretty easy wins in recent games. They have scored 18 goals in their last five games including 5-1 thrashing of Lyon in Champions League.

Atletico Madrid – WLLWW

Atletico Madrid were having a great season and were favourites to qualify for the next round of Champions League. Things change pretty fast in football and that’s exactly what happened with Atletico. They lost in Turin by 3-0 and were knocked out of the Champions League. Defeat at Turin was followed by a 2-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao. But they have seemed to regroup together in last two games.

Injury/Suspensions

Barcelona

Rafinha and Ousmane Dembele are injured for the home side and won’t be available. Arturo Vidal is suspended for the fixture and will miss the game against Atletico.

Atletico Madrid

Lucas Hernandez, Alvaro Morata and Thomas Lemar are all injured and will miss the trip to Camp Nou. There are no suspended players for the away team.

Probable Line-ups

Barcelona

Formation: 4-3-3

Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Suarez, Coutinho.

Atletico Madrid

Formation: 4-4-2

Oblak; Arias, Gimenez, Godin, Luis; Saul,Partey, Rodrigo, Koke; Griezmann, Costa.

Stadium

Camp Nou, Barcelona

Possible Outcome

Barcelona will be more cautious after there last game against Villareal. A defeat to Atletico will cut Barcelona’s lead at top to 5 points that might spice up the title race.

Barcelona definitely have more to lose than Atletico but will be expected to win this close encounter by a goal or two. Watch out for Atletico from those set pieces.

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