The team from the Spanish capital visits Barcelona in what is one of the biggest games in La Liga and we are supporting another tight game
Barcelona welcomed Atlético de Madrid to the Camp Nou on Tuesday night with Quique Setien’s men now playing in the race for the La Liga title.
The Blaugrana sit two points behind the leader of Real Madrid, and Los Blancos, who have the best face-to-face record, means that the gap is effectively three points.
That means Barça can’t afford more slips with six games remaining and will surely face a tough encounter against an Atlético resurgent who won four and tied one of his five games since the restart.
Barcelona vs Atletico de Madrid Latest odds
The Catalans have remained undefeated at home in La Liga since November 2018, winning 26 and drawing two of their subsequent 28 games.
Bet365 values a home win at 9/10 (1.90) with the draw available at 5/2 (3.50).
Atlético have never won a league match at the Camp Nou with Diego Simeone and the Madrid team can be supported in 16/5 (4.20).
Barcelona vs Atletic Madrid team news
The hosts do not have the services of the injured duo Ousmane Dembele and Frenkie De Jong, although Sergio Busquets will return after missing the weekend’s 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo due to suspension.
Atlético have defenders Mario Hermoso and Sime Vrsaljko injured, with Stefan Savic and Koke suspended.
These two sides played an extremely tight game in December that was resolved by an excellent solo goal from Lionel Messi in the 86th minute.
Before Simeone’s arrival at the helm of Los Rojiblancos, this match tended to see Barça run into riots with the Catalans scoring 23 times in all five local league games against Atlético before the Argentine’s appointment.
However, Atleti has played seven league games at the Camp Nou since then, conceding just 14 times and visitors will feel like they can keep things tight once again.
Barça’s game has been remarkably flat since the resumption of the campaign and if there is a team in the division that knows how to cancel the threat of attack from Setien’s men it is Atlético.
Tips & Predictions
Each of the last five league meetings between these sides has seen less than 2.5 goals and a repeat is priced at 4/5 (1.80).
This bet has paid off in both Barça home matches since the restart, while also proving profitable in 13 of Atlético’s 16 away games this period.