La Liga: Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona preview, prediction and tips - Smart Bettors Club
La Liga: Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona preview, prediction and tips
November 20
Football

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The much-anticipated La Liga clash between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona is set to take place at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday. The kick-off is at 21:00 CET.

Preview

The 2020/21 La Liga season will resume its course after November's international break with a crucial encounter between Atletico and Barca on the weekend. Diego Simeone's men have enjoyed a promising start to the current campaign and sit in 3rd in the table ahead of the Catalans' visit to the Spanish capital. What's more, Atleti remain unbeaten this term so far as they boast a tally of five wins and two draws in their opening seven league games.

The Blaugrana, in turn, have struggled to find their feet under new manager Ronald Koeman, having won only one out of their last five matches in the Spanish top flight. As a reminder, both sides have two games to spare compared to their La Liga rivals due to their participation in last season's Champions League knock-out stages in August.

Unfortunately, there would be no Luis Suarez reunion with Barcelona on the weekend as the Uruguayan recently tested positive for Covid-19. In fact, Atletico go into this clash without a single fit striker in their squad as Diego Costa is still doubtful through a hamstring problem. Simeone is also set to be without the likes of Yannick Carrasco, Hector Herrera, Lucas Torreira, Vitolo and Sime Vrsaljko on Saturday.

Koeman, for his part, will have to cope with the absence of Ansu Fati, Ronald Araujo and Sergio Busquets. The latter became the latest addition to Barca's treatment room while on international duty with Spain. Philippe Coutinho, on the other hand, is expected to feature for the Catalans for the first time since suffering a hamstring injury in El Clasico last month.

Prediction

Even though both teams will miss some of their key players on Saturday, this match promises to be a quite entertaining one. Atletico are on an impressive 23-game unbeaten streak in the La Liga and we'd say that struggling Barca are unlikely to put an end to that run at the Wanda Metropolitano.

Tip

Atletico Madrid to win or draw at 1.61 with 1XBET.


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