Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid
Spanish La Liga
Date: Saturday, 6 April 2019
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Camp Nou (Barcelona).
Barcelona host Atletico Madrid in the derby of the Matchday on Saturday evening at Camp Nou. The hosts are eight points clear at the top of the standings and a win here would proclaim them new La Liga champions for the 2018/19 season with just eight games left to play.
Getting one will, however, demand Barca’s top performance as Atletico Madrid were in good touch lately. The visitors head into this on the back of two straight clean sheet wins against Deportivo Alaves (0-4) and Girona (2-0).
Diego Simeone’s troops will be highly encouraged after two such displays. They’ll fancy their chances of an upset at Camp Nou after Barcelona’s defensive line revealed significant weaknesses on Tuesday night when leaders conceded four goals in an eight-goal thriller against relegation strugglers Villarreal away at Estadio de la Ceramica.
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid: Head-to-head
The latest head to head record might be a concern for Diego Simeone.
Atletico Madrid are winless in last seven meetings with Barcelona, none of which saw them bag more than one goal.
Blaugrana won three and drew three of last six encounters with the Mattressers.
As many as four of last seven H2H ties ended with a 1-1 scoreline.
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid: Prediction
Ernesto Valverde will bring Gerard Pique, Lionel Messi and Ivan Rakitic back to the starting line-up as they were all rested in mid-week’s tie against Villarreal (Messi came on in the second half to score a beautiful free-kick goal).
Barcelona have a dominant record on the home patch (11 wins, 3 draws and 1 defeat) so far in the season. They won five and drew two of last seven home clashes against Atletico Madrid. The Mattressers have not won a single match at Camp Nou since February 2006.
Barcelona scored four or more goals in three of last four outings across competitions. The home win has to be the way to go.
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid: Bet Tips
Barcelona to win @ 1.75 (3/4)
Lionel Messi to score anytime @ 1.80 (4/5).