Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid
Spain – La Liga
Date: Sunday, 4 March 2018
Kick-Off at 15:15 UK
Venue: Camp Nou (Barcelona).
Atletico Madrid suddenly got a golden opportunity to challenge the Primera Division title as they’ve surprisingly narrowed the gap between them and leaders Barcelona to five points after Blaugrana’s shocking slip up away at Las Palmas in mid-week. The gap could be further reduced down to two on Sunday afternoon when Spain’s top two sides are set to take on each other at Camp Nou.
Atletico Madrid definitely come into the game as the form favourites following their impressive attacking showings in drubbings of Sevilla and Leganes in the last couple of rounds. Diego Simeone’s star man Antoine Griezmann has been the catalyst for such a hot run of form as the Frenchman has bagged an impressive seven-goal tally in these two games. Given that Barcelona’s defensive line has started to show signs of vulnerabilities allowing a goal in each of last three matches in all competitions, Griezmann could easily be the difference-maker here.
Ernesto Valverde made some crucial mistakes in setting up the starting lineup for mid-week’s clash with Las Palmas as he left the likes of Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho on the bench. Barca have thus once again lacked the inspiration moving forward and they would have hardly sored at all against one of the league’s worst defensive lines it if wasn’t for Lionel Messi and his moment of brilliance.
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid: Head-to-head
Barcelona lead the head to head by 13 wins, but we have to mention that Camp Nou has been somewhat of a fortress for Arletico Madrid over the years.
The Mattressers have only won 4 of 28 away matches against Blaugrana.
Each of last five H2H encounters saw both teams on target (three draws and two wins for Barca).
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid: Prediction
Backing goals at both ends looks to be by far the best of the betting options here since Atleti have bagged nine goals in cast two wins over Sevilla and Leganes.
The value can also be found in Atletico Madrid or Draw Double Chance at 2.15 since the visitors have won eight on the bounce across competitions coming into this derby at Camp Nou.
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.90
Atletico Madrid or Draw Double Chance @ 2.15