Atletico Madrid Vs Barcelona Match Preview
Atletico Madrid Vs Barcelona: Top clubs, two different sets of fans, the players will have one aim today which is winning when Atletico Madrid faces FC Barcelona at the Vicente de Calderón! In the first leg, the Catalan side won 2-1 courtesy of a brace from Uruguay international Luis Suarez, Atletico Madrid though bagged a crucial away goal thanks to Fernando Torres. But the Spanish striker was booked twice in the first half and was deservingly sent off, will miss today’s match. It will be an exciting match as it was at the Camp Nou.
Form and Current Performance
The home side is having a decent run of form as they have won 6 of their last 10 matches. In their last match, they beat RCD Espanyol at Estadi Cornellà-El Prat by 1-3, thanks to goals from Fernando Torres, Antoine Griezmann, and Koke. In Europe, they lost just two of their nine matches.
The visitors were having a 39-matches unbeaten streak which was ended by their bitter rivals Real Madrid who were 1-2 winners at the Camp Nou weeks ago. The Catalans lost their second consecutive match in La Liga when they were beaten by Real Sociedad by 1-0 at the Anoeta Stadium. The mighty Catalans are unbeaten in Europe this season.
Injuries and suspensions
Atletico Madrid defenders Jose Gimenez and Stefan Savic are both unlikely to feature in the match. Midfielder Oliver Torres is also a doubt for the game. Fernando Torres is suspended after picking two yellow cards in the first leg.
Barcelona will miss the services of Aleix Vidal, Sandro, Jermy Mathieu and Thomas Vermaelen with injuries.
Opportunities, Strengths, and Weaknesses
Atletico Madrid who are well known for their defensive strengths under Diego Simeone are expected to bank on their solid defence to keep Barcelona at bay. But without their key defenders, it will be a tough job to hold on the fierce Barcelona front three consisting of the three of the best forwards on the planet in Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, and Neymar Jr!
Barcelona will try to attack the weakened Atletico defence from minute one, they are expected to have the majority of possession. But it has been seen in the last few matches that if the Barcelona midfielders are well marked, the influence of their attackers is restricted to half. Atletico will rely on Gabi, Koke a lot to keep the Barcelona midfield consisting of evergreen Andrés Iniesta, strong Ivan Rakitić, and consistent Sergio Busquets.
Atletico Madrid : Antoine Griezmann, Gabi.
Barcelona : Lionel Messi, Sergio Busquets.
Predicted Starting XI
Atletico Madrid : Oblak, Luis, Godin, Hernandez, Juanfran, Koke, Gabi, Saul, Carrasco, Correa, Griezmann
Barcelona : Ter Stegen, Alba, Mascherano, Pique, Alves, Iniesta, Busquets, Rakitic, Neymar, Suarez, Messi