Barcelona are all set to play the biggest La Liga match of their season on Saturday as they host current league leaders Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou. Both the teams are looking up to a battle for the league title, as they both cannot afford to lose any point.
Atletico Madrid have shown impressive performance under Diego Simeone this season and currently hold a two-point lead at the top of the league table. They had a narrow 1-0 victory in their previous game against Elche, after losing 2-1 to Athletic Bilbao last week.
Barcelona, on the other hand, sit at third in the table with points tied to Real Madrid. They manage to pull off an impressive comeback of 3-2 against Valencia in their last match, after losing 2-1 to Granada last week
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid: Preview and Head-to-Head
Barcelona have an impressive record against Atletico Madrid as they have won 27 matches out of a total of 53 games played between the two teams. The Catalans are undefeated in 20 of their last 21 home matches against Atletico Madrid in all competitions, they have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 home matches against Atletico in all competitions.
Atletico Madrid have managed only 12 victories against Barcelona and will want to improve their record in this fixture. The previous meeting between the two teams took place in November last year and it ended in a 1-0 victory for Atletico Madrid. Yannick Carrasco scored the only goal before half-time which was the decisive moment of the match.
Barcelona in last 5 matches (La Liga): L-W-W-L-W
Atletico Madrid in last 5 matches (La Liga): D-W-W-L-W
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid: Team News
Sergino Dest has picked up an injury in the past few days and his availability has been doubted for this game. Sergi Roberto is likely to replace his position against Atletico Madrid this Saturday. Philippe Coutinho and Ansu Fati are still side-lined after suffering long-term injuries and have been ruled out for this fixture. Martin Braithwaite is believed to have made progress with his recovery but is likely that Ronald Koeman will not risk the striker in this fixture.
Injured: Philippe Coutinho, Ansu Fati; Doubtful: Sergino Dest, Martin Braithwaite; Suspended: None.
Luis Suarez has recovered from his injury and will be set to face his former club for the first time after missing the opportunity earlier in November due to covid. Atletico Madrid have available of a fully-fit squad at their hands and will field their best team against Barcelona.
Injured: None; Doubtful: None; Suspended: None.
Predicted Line-ups and Score:
Barcelona Predicted XI (3-5-2): Marc-Andre Ter Stegen; Clement Lenglet, Gerard Pique, Ronald Araujo; Sergi Roberto, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Pedri; Antoine Griezmann, Lionel Messi.
Atletico Madrid Predicted XI (4-4-2): Jan Oblak; Renan Lodi, Jose Gimenez, Stefan Savic, Kieran Trippier; Saul Niguez, Koke, Marcos Llorente, Yannick Carrasco; Angel Correa, Luis Suarez.
Barcelona 2-2 Atletico Madrid
Barcelona will be giving everything they can to close the title race gap with just four fixtures remaining. Luis Suarez will be returning to the old side to prove his worth with a goal. I predict a draw but plenty of goals with late drama at Camp Nou.