Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Predictions and betting :
The La Liga is back in action after the international fixtures disrupted club football for a week. Despite the break, the players are very much looking fresh having played matches for their respective countries.
On Saturday, there is a prestigious clash on the cards when Atletico Madrid is all set to host Barcelona in what will be an epic duel between two giants.
Even though many say it is advantage Barcelona, the momentum and the confidence is clearly with Atletico in addition to the home advantage. Overall, it will be a feast to eyes of every football fan out there.
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Predictions and betting : Recent form
Atletico Madrid are having a decent run so far in Spain as well as in Europe. They started off their La Liga campaign with a win over Granada but had to settle for a draw against Huesca and Villarreal.
From then on, they are on a 4-match winning streak dating back to the start of October where they got the better off teams like Real Betis, Osasuna and Cadiz last week. They are currently 3rd in the table and a win on Saturday will help them a great deal to climb to the top of the table.
Barcelona haven’t had best of the times after that humiliating defeat at the hands of Bayern Munich in the quarters of the 2019 Champions League.
They started off with dominating wins against Villarreal and Celta Vigo but were forced to accept draws against Sevilla and Alaves. Apart from this they were no where near their best in the El Classico and suffered a surprise loss against Getafe in mid-October.
But their Europe campaign has so far compensated for all the losses here that has reduced the damage significantly. In their recent outing, they defeated Real Betis with a 5-2 margin and are in 8th spot currently with 11 points after 7 games.
It is important for them to get back to winning ways to stand a chance for the title.
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Predictions and betting : Head-to-head
Matches: 52: Barcelona: 27, Atletico Madrid: 11, Draw: 14
Last 5 matches: Barcelona – 2, Atletico Madrid – 1, Draw – 2.
Recent Meeting: Barcelona held Atletico Madrid to a 2-2 draw in a La Liga fixture.
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Predictions and betting : Offensive and defensive stats
Atletico Madrid will field a 4-4-2 that will help them stop Barcelona’s relentless attack whereas the Barcelona will go in with a 4-2-3-1 combination with Lionel Messi as their prime striker having a secured defense line in place.
Lionel Messi will carry the attack like he has done on numerous occasions in the past. The Argentine has 9 goals and 2 assists in the last 14 games along with 87.1% pass rate and 4.8 shots on target per game.
Antoine Griezmann will have to assume more responsibility for this season who has 8 goals and 2 assists in 21 games. He also gives 1.8 shots on target and 1.1 key passes per game along with a passing accuracy of 84.1%. The 18-year old Ansu Fati who has impressed everyone is out for four months after a major surgery.
Phillippe Coutinho is yet another quality attacking player who has 86.3% pass accuracy along with 2.3 shots on target per game along with 4 goals and 2 assists so far.
Ousmane Dembele is also an active contributor having scored 4 goals for the side in 11 games.
The Atletico frontline has the services of Marcos Llorente and Joao Felix who have been consistent performers in the circuit with their star player Luis Suarez missing out due to the contraction of Corona virus.
Marcos Llorente has 3 goals and 2 assists in 7 La Liga games. The Spaniard has 77.3% pass accuracy along with 1.3 shots on target and 0.7 key pass per game in the recent games.
Joao Felix is yet another young talent who has burst into the scene with 10 goals and 3 assists in 20 outings along with 81.6% pass accuracy. He has a good finishing touch and is exceptional in aerial duels winning 1.2 duels every match so far.
Looking at the defense, Barcelona looks formidable with the likes of Pique, Alba, Roberto and Lenglet in the eleven but have often been complacent when played against a top opponent.
Gerrard Pique will have to tackle better but he manages to have 94% pass accuracy so far along with 1.9 interceptions and 2.7 clears per game so far. Jordi Alba is exceptional in aerial duels, ball interception and counter attacks extremely well. He has a pass success of 88.1%, 0.4 shots per match and 1 clear per match.
Sergi Roberto should play a crucial role in guarding the backlines. He enjoys 91.9% success and is exceptional in the air with 1 aerial duel won per game.
The Atletico Madrid defense is up to the task with Felipe, Savic, Gimenez and Trippier in the side. Stefan Savic is an important for the team with his passing and exceptional aerial duels. He has 83.2% pass success, 3.1 aerials won, 1.5 interceptions and 4.1 clears every game in the recent past.
Felipe is a quality player who intercepts extremely well and is an indirect set piece threat. He has 81.3% pass accuracy along with an all-important 4.6 clears and 1.5 interceptions that has made him an integral part of the side.
The 25-year old Jose Giminez is a star in aerial duels but is often to prone to fouls. He has 88.8% pass success, 1 and 3.7 clears per game in 4 appearances.
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona Predictions and betting: Predicted Winner
The epic clash between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona will be played on in the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on 21st at 9 pm local time. This will be a test of Atletico’s capability with Suarez not available for this epic clash whereas Barcelona are looking for some redemption in the Spain’s highest tier of football. Even though most platforms have put Barcelona ahead of Atletico, they know that it won’t be easy to take down a top team.
FCTables are expecting a tight fight with both the teams giving everything for those 3 important points. They have placed Barcelona just ahead with 40% chance whereas the hosts are at 31% chance in this epic battle. Oddschecker are expecting a win for the away team with better odds while Atletico Madrid are not so far behind in the battle.
FiveThirtyEight are giving a slight advantage to Barcelona with a 39% chance with the home team having a 37% advantage going into this interesting game.