class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>The side from the Spanish capital are unbeaten in their last 23 La Liga matches and we think they can extended that run against the Blaugrana
Barcelona travel to the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday evening to face Atletico Madrid in what is one of the biggest fixtures in the Liga calendar.
Diego Simeone’s men come into the game as the only unbeaten team left in the Spanish top-flight this season yet during the Argentine coach’s nine years at the club, Atletico have never beaten their Catalan rivals in the league.
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona Latest Odds
The hosts’ last league defeat came at the hands of Real Madrid on February 1, meaning Los Rojiblancos are unbeaten in their last 23 matches.
bet365 offer a home win at 19/10 (2.90) while Barca, who won this meeting last time thanks to a brilliant late goal from Lionel Messi, are available at 13/10 (2.30) with the draw at 5/2 (3.50) .
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona Team News
Luis Suarez and Lucas Torreira contracted coronavirus while on duty with Uruguay, whilst Hector Herrera suffered a muscle injury while with Mexico and Stefan Savic also picked up a muscle problem while with Montenegro.
Atletico were already missing Diego Costa and Vitolo Machin, although Yannick Carrasco has returned to fitness and should be available.
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Barcelona are without Sergio Busquets who got injured while away with the Spain national team and Ansu Fati is a long-term absentee having undergone knee surgery.
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona Preview
With both Barcelona and Real Madrid having started the season in underwhelming fashion, Atletico will know they have a great chance to claim only their second league title this century.
It may still be early in the campaign, but Simeone’s side have shown the improvement in attack which the signing of Luis Suarez was supposed to bring, while retaining their characteristic defensive strength.
Suarez’s absence will be a massive blow for Atletico yet they do boast Joao Felix, who is one of the most in-form players in La Liga, and has been in stunning form.
Indeed, the 21-year-old has six goals in his last five appearances and continued his scoring streak during the international break by netting twice for Portugal.
Barcelona did end a run of four winless league matches before the international break with a 5-2 win over Real Betis, but questions remain about Ronald Koeman’s team all over the pitch.
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona Tips and Predictions
The hosts are offered at 82/100 (1.82) to win with a +0.25 Asian handicap and this looks like a strong selection, which pays out in full if Simeone finally manages to record a league win over Barca, and provides a half win if it ends a draw.
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