Barcelona Vs Atletico Madrid Statistics
The highly anticipated La liga match will happen today starting from 3:00 on cam nou Barcelona against the fifth place on the league table Atletico Madrid.
Defending La Liga champions Barcelona will be taking on Atletico Madrid in first high profile game in Spain this season. The match will be played at the Camp Nou Stadium in Barcelona. Both Barca and Atletico trail Real Madrid by 3 and 4 points respectively and this is a massive game to keep up the pace with Madrid. The game is set to kickoff at the same time when Real Madrid takes on Villarreal and pressure will be on both sides as a defeat for either side will extended Real Madrid lead at the top.
Atletico Madrid vs FC Barcelona Highlights
Spanish Primera Liga 2016-17 Match
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona
TV Channels: SkySports (UK), beIN Sports (US, Middle-east)
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Preview: Barcelona has bounced back from that surprise 2-1 defeat against Alaves in prime fashion having scored 12 goals in two matches. Trio of Messi, Neymar and Suarez has been finding the net regularly and they will be confident of a better showing against Atletico who knocked them out from the Champions League last season. Atletico themselves has turned things around after their two back to back draws in the opening two games and now they are a on a three game winning streak but only conceded 1 goal so far.
Luis Enrique will keep his full strength side which means Messi, Neymar and Suarez to start upfront while Iniesta, Rakitic and Busquets to play in midfield. Sergio Roberto, Pique and Mascherano to start in central defense roles while Ter Stegen to play in goal for Barcelona.
Atletico Madrid on the other hand will keep the french duo of Antoine Griezmann and Kevin Gameiro upfront with four man midfield of Augusto Fernandez, Koke, Saul Niguez and Nicolas Gaitan. This is how I expect both teams to lineup on Wednesday night.
Team News: Luis Enrique has announced his squad of eighteen for today’s crucial Liga encounter against Atlético Madrid.
The complete squad for the 10.00pm CET kick-off at the Camp Nou is therefore as follows: Ter Stegen, Cillessen, Piqué, Rakitic, Sergio, Denis, Arda, Iniesta, Suárez, Messi, Neymar Jr, Mascherano, Paco Alcácer, J Alba, Digne, Sergi Roberto, André Gomes and Mathieu.
Match Predictions: Barcelona win who have been extremely dominant over Atletico having won 7 of the last 8 meetings between the two but Atletico did knockout Barcelona from Champions League thanks to 2-0 win at Vicente Calderon in their most recent meeting. This Barcelona side has goals in them but unfortunately on both sides. I feel, Atletico’s defense will come good against Barcelona and they will take advantage of Barcelona’s shaky defense to nick a goal. I am going with a 1-0 win for Atletico in this one.
An eventful first half saw Atletico go in front when Torres finished off a superb counter attacking move with a nice finish from edge of the box. Barcelona dominated possession and failed to convert chances came there way. Atletico Madrid however made lives difficult for them when Fernando Torres was sent off just 10 minutes after scoring the goal. His received his marching orders after second yellow card inside 5 minutes. Credit to Atletico as they hanged in there for best part of hour but an scrappy goal from Suarez brought Barcelona back in the game.
Luis Suarez scored twice inside 10 minutes to put Barcelona 2-1 up and take the massive away goal lead which will prove to be crucial for Barcelona. Suarez first was a tap in from close range with a nice flick while second was a thumping header after Alves found him with a inch perfect pass.