Saturday night belongs to Atletico Madrid and Barcelona. Both teams will face against each other in a battle for the top in La Liga. Currently, The Catalans lead with one point, and if they lose, they will lose the first place. In the past couple of years, Barcelona have the lead in the rivalry between both sides. When it comes to matches in La Liga, Atletico is winless at home against Barcelona since 2010.
‘Los Rojiblancos’ didn’t start the season as expected and lost a lot of points in the first four rounds. At home, Diego Simeone’s sides have five wins and one draw. The problems for Atletico Madrid are in the away games, where they won just once in six games since the start of the season.
Barcelona started season 2018/19 with a win against Sevilla for the Spanish Super Cup. Barcelona were doing great since the middle of September, but the injury of Samuel Umtiti destroyed the balance in their defence. Before the International Break, The Catalans lost 4-3 against Betis at Camp Nou. That was the second defeat for Ernesto Valverde’s team after losing away to Leganes in September.
Usually, the matches between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are full of goal scoring opportunities. Both teams love to score against each other, and I expect more of the same on Saturday. I will back Both Teams to Score, with Draw 1-1 Correct Score.
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona Head to Head
Barcelona have three wins and three draws against Atletico Madrid in six games. Both teams scored in five of these games. The last meeting between both sides ended in 1-0 victory for The Catalans.
Barcelona scored at least once in the last four away games against Atletico Madrid. The previous victory for ‘Los Colchoneros’ at home against The Catalans in La Liga was in 2010.
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Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona Stats
- Atletico Madrid is the best home side in La Liga with five wins and one draw.
- ‘Los Colchoneros’ kept a clean sheet at Wanda Metropolitano in four matches since the start of the season.
- Diego Simeone has just two victories in 23 games against Barcelona, while in charge of Atletico Madrid (8D, 13L).
- Barcelona haven’t lost back-to-back games in La Liga since April 2016.
- ‘Los Cules’ scored at least three goals in the previous four matches.
- Lionel Messi has scored 28 goals against Atletico Madrid in all tournaments.
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona Odds
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Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona Team News
The Uruguayan defenders Diego Godin and Jose Jimenez are injured and doubtful for the game. It is expected that Stefan Savic and Lucas Hernandez will start the game. Koke, Thomas Lemar and Diego Costa have minor knocks but will probably participate on Saturday.
Ivan Rakitic will miss the game for Barcelona after he got injured in the game against Betis. Philipe Coutinho will start the game for ‘Los Cules’ after being absent for a couple of weeks.