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Prediction: Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona

Jamie Jones in Free Soccer Predictions, La Liga 18 Nov 2020

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Prediction: Atletico Madrid to win 1-0

Best Odds: 17/2

Bookmaker: Betfair

Atletico Madrid and Barcelona will lock horns with each other at the Wanda Metropolitano this weekend. The La Liga match is slated to kick off at 8pm UK time on Saturday and promises to be a cracking game of football.

Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid are doing extremely well at the moment and are very much one of the favourites for the La Liga title. Diego Simeone’s side are third in the league table at the moment with 17 points from seven matches, just three points behind leaders Real Sociedad, who have played nine games.

Los Colchoneros will head into the clash against Barcelona on the back of a 4-0 victory over Cadiz at home in La Liga. The Madrid outfit have got the better of Celta de Vigo, Real Betis, Osasuna and Cadiz since October and are in superb form at the moment.

Team news:

Luiz Suarez will not play against Barcelona as the Uruguayan striker has tested positive for coronavirus. Lucas Torreira, signed on loan from Arsenal in the summer of 2020, is set to start in defensive midfield.

Barcelona

Barcelona are eighth in the La Liga table at the moment with 11 points from seven matches. Ronald Koeman’s side are not having the best of times, but the former Spanish and European giants did get the better of Real Betis 5-2 at Camp Nou in the league before the two-week international break.

The Blaugrana, though, are not in great form. Since the start of October, Koeman’s team have lost against Getafe and Real Madrid in La Liga, while they have also drawn with Sevilla and Alaves. It is too early and premature to suggest that Barcelona are not in the title race, but with the likes of Atletico, Madrid and Sociedad doing so well at the moment, the Blaugrana do need to step up his game and put together a run of positive results.

Team news:

Marc-Andre ter Stegen will be looking to have a very good game between the posts, while Frenkie de Jong is likely to start in defence yet again.

Key Factors to Consider

  • Atletico Madrid have scored 17 goals in seven La Liga matches this season.
    Barcelona have scored 15 goals in seven La Liga matches this season.
    Atletico Madrid have conceded two gaols in seven league games.
    Barcelona have shipped in eight goals in seven league games.
    Atletico Madrid lost 1-0 against Barcelona at home in La Liga last season.

Conclusion

A Barcelona side with Lionel Messi in are always a team to be feared, and while Atletico may not play expansive football against the Blaugrana this weekend, they should get the job done and pick up all three points from the encounter courtesy of a 1-0 win.

Prediction: Atletico Madrid to win 1-0

Best Odds: 17/2

Bookmaker: Betfair

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jamie Jones


Jamie Jones is an experienced football journalist who has been working in the industry for years. Jamie watches all the major leagues in Europe, especially the Premier League and La Liga.

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