La Liga: Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona preview, team news, prediction and tips - Smart Bettors Club
La Liga: Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona preview, team news, prediction and tips
October 1
Football

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Atletico Madrid and Barcelona will face off in the La Liga matchday 8 at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday. The kick-off is at 21:00 CEST.

Preview

It hasn't been the best start to the season for Atletico Madrid who are defending the Spanish top flight title this term even if Diego Simeone's men had gone unbeaten in seven games across all competitions before last weekend's 1-0 at Alaves. That run included draws with Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao in La Liga and one goalless stalemate with Porto in the Champions League. Nevertheless, the Rojiblancos have already bounced back from the Alaves defeat by beating AC Milan 2-1 in the CL on Tuesday courtesy of Luis Suarez's last-gasp goal from the penalty spot.

Barcelona, for their part, are yet to find their feet following Lionel Messi's move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer and will travel to the Spanish capital on the back of a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Benfica in the Champions League in mid-week. Moreover, the Catalans have only won once in their last five matches in all competitions, including a 3-0 loss at the hands of Bayern Munich at Camp Nou two weeks ago. As for their run in La Liga, Ronald Koeman's side are now sixth in the table, two points adrift of their forthcoming opponents.

Team news

While Simeone has a fully fit squad at this disposal, Koeman will have to cope with the absence of Alejandro Balde, Martin Braithwaite, Ousmane Dembele and Sergio Aguero on Saturday.

Prediction

Even with Messi in their squad, Barca have failed to beat Atletico in their previous four head-to-head meetings, including a goalless stalemate at Camp Nou in May. Now without Leo, who scored 32 goals in 43 matches against the Rojiblancos, let's say it would be all but impossible for the Blaugrana to stop Simeone's side from taking all three points on Saturday, especially with a half of Barca's forwards on the sidelines. Moreover, Atletico's Griezmann and Suarez both have a lot to prove against their former club in this encounter, so we'd rather stick with the hosts.

Tip

Atletico Madrid to win at 1.93 with 1XBET.


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