Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona Betting Tips
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona
Nov 21st 14:00
- Atletico Madrid v Barcelona (Over/Under - Over 2.5)
- Atletico Madrid v Barcelona (Both Teams To Score - Yes)
- Atletico Madrid v Barcelona (Anytime Goalscorer - Felix, J)
It is a make-or-break game for Atletico Madrid and Barcelona on Saturday night at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium in the capital. Atletico Madrid are third in La Liga and can go level with league leaders Real Sociedad with a win and results going their way elsewhere.
Meanwhile, Barcelona sit in eight place and nine points off of first-place Real Sociedad. Barcelona have two games in hand, but dropped points this season have already put Ronald Koeman’s team behind the eight ball.
Atletico Madrid are unbeaten in back-to-back games versus Barcelona in all competitions. That includes a Spanish Super Cup win last season – in a modified version of the competition in which four teams competed for the trophy – and a draw at Camp Nou in 2019-20.
Manager Diego Simeone goes into the game without his top striker as Luis Suarez tested positive for COVID-19 while on international duty with Uruguay. He was in stellar form for club and country. Without the ex-Barcelona forward, it appears the momentum may have swung in Barcelona’s favour. Koeman’s team are unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions. Can they make it five games unbeaten in the capital and get back into the title race?
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona Betting Odds
Simeone’s team are on a four-match winning streak in La Liga. They have hit a rich vein of form in the league and are the only side not to taste defeat in 2020-21. Los Colchoneros have conceded just once in the last 360 minutes of football in La Liga, while scoring 11 times. Goal scoring had long been Atletico Madrid’s issue under Simeone. Suarez’s summer arrival from Barcelona has changed that. Now, with the striker ruled out, they could struggle in the final third once more.
Atletico Madrid have taken 10 points from 12 possible at the Wanda. They have allowed a mere one goal to opponents on their home turf while scoring 12 times. Suarez has scored five goals in six appearances for Atletico Madrid. But quietly, Joao Felix has added five goals of his own. While he still may not be worth the incredible amount of money Atletico spent on him, Felix is playing well with better attacking players like Suarez around him.
In three road games this season, Barcelona have collected four points. They are winless in their last two away games, losing to Getafe 1-0 and drawing with Alaves 1-1. Lionel Messi and company have managed just four goals scored in three road matches while the defence has conceded just twice to opponents away from Camp Nou.
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona Team News
Suarez is the big omission from the game on Saturday. The Uruguayan twice tested positive for COVID-19 and is still in South America where he played with his home nation in CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying. His absence will be a huge blow to Atletico Madrid.
According to Spanish media, Suarez’s positive test adds to the injury crisis at the Wanda. Goalkeeper Jan Oblak sustained a shoulder injury while training during the international break with Slovenia. He had to withdraw from the national team and is a doubt for Saturday. Stefan Savic and Hector Herrera both sustained their own respective injuries on international duty and returned to the capital seeking medical treatment. They are also doubts for the match.
Barcelona will be without midfielder Sergio Busquets after he sprained a knee ligament on international duty. Making matters even worse for Koeman is that leading scorer Ansu Fati is ruled out until February. Despite the injury, Barcelona are trying to tie Fati down to a contract running until 2026. Ronald Araujo is ruled out as well until December.
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona Prediction
The last two games, both saw Atletico Madrid go unbeaten, finished with both teams finding the back of the net. The Spanish Super Cup ended 3-2 in favour of Atletico Madrid last season and their match at Camp Nou finished 2-2. Atletico Madrid have been scoring for fun of late. Injury issues should cause problems for the game on Saturday. Barcelona need to get points on Saturday or they can kiss the La Liga title goodbye in November.
Joao Felix was trending toward the territory of a transfer bust. This season he has looked more like a big-money signing, but a lot of that is down to Luis Suarez. Felix needs to have a big game against a top team. Otherwise, it shows he is a bit of flat-track bully. Felix has five goals in seven La Liga matches. He scored four of those five goals in each of his last two games in the league for Atletico Madrid.
The last two matches between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona finished with over 2.5 goals scored. Their game in the Spanish Super Cup ended 3-2 in favour Atletico Madrid. Their second match of the La Liga campaign ended 2-2 at Camp Nou. Diego Costa put the ball into the back of his own net to open the scoring for Barcelona.
In the 19th minute, Saul Niguez tallied an equaliser from the spot. Lionel Messi then scored a penalty of his own in the 50th minute. Twelve minutes later, Niguez added a second Atletico Madrid penalty to claim a draw. Will this game see three penalties? It may not even see one spot-kick when the game takes place.
Injuries and Suarez’s positive COVID test are huge barriers to a win for Atletico Madrid. Still, they have improved enough to get points against Barcelona once more. The Catalans are not a very strong team and as shown by his stats, Messi is fading.
Atletico Madrid have not won at home against Barcelona since the 2015-16 Champions League. They are winless in their last five games in all competitions at home versus Barcelona. Barcelona need a win more than Atletico do to revive title hopes. They won’t get it as the two rivals finish in a stalemate on Saturday night.
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona Tips
Here are our Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona betting tips for Saturday's La Liga 2020/21 match at the Wanda Metropolitano.
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Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona Frequently Asked Questions
What are the odds on Atletico Madrid beating Barcelona on Saturday?
Atletico Madrid can be backed at odds of 19/10 to win on Saturday against BarcelonaA
What are the odds on Barcelona beating Atletico Madrid on Saturday?
Barcelona can be backed at odds of 29/20 to win on Saturday against Atletico Madrid.A
What stadium will host Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona on Saturday?
Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid will host Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona on Saturday.A