Sports Innovation previews the La Liga match between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona and offers team stats and betting tips with the latest odds.
Atletico Madrid and Barcelona lock horns at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday for arguably the biggest La Liga fixture of the weekend.
Four wins and two draws out of seven games (L1) see Atletico Madrid in fourth place in the standings. The reigning champions have struggled for form recently, but a Champions League comeback win over AC Milan could spark a change. Ex-Barcelona men Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann will no doubt want to get one over their old club.
With manager Ronald Koeman on the brink of the sack, Barcelona must bag a positive result in Madrid. A 3-0 Champions League defeat to Benfica midweek has seen morale at the club plummet. They must a response here, but an away win seems a tall order for the seventh-placed visitors.
Let’s have a look at the form of both sides and the stats from their previous encounters to come up with a reasonable betting prediction.
Stats and facts for Atletico Madrid and Barcelona.
- Atletico Madrid unbeaten the last 10 matches in a row at home;
- Atletico Madrid scored in the last 8 of 10 matches;
- Atletico Madrid conceded in the last 8 of 10 matches;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Atletico Madrid’s last 2 of 4 matches.
- Barcelona unbeaten the last 7 matches in a row;
- Barcelona unbeaten the last 6 matches in a row when playing away;
- Barcelona scored in the last 34 of 36 matches;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Barcelona’s last 3 of 5 matches.
Form Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona
Colchoneros keep target in sight.
It is difficult to point a finger at recent results for Atletico Madrid as they have performed according to their level. In their last 3 matches, Diego Simeone’s side played out a 2-1 win against Getafe, followed by a 1-0 defeat against Deportivo Alaves. Their most recent match brought a 2-1 win against AC Milan in the Champions League.
Blaugrana hope to stop the rot.
Barcelona will enter the match hoping to finally end their dismal run of form in recent matches. In their previous 3 matches, Ronald Koeman’s side experienced a 0-0 draw with Cadiz and went on to a 3-0 win against Levante. Their latest match served up a 3-0 defeat against Benfica in the Champions League.
Atletico Madrid v Barcelona – Fixture history
The two clubs had to settle for a point each in their most recent La Liga match which finished with a 0-0 scoreline. Atletico Madrid enter the match against Barcelona with a 1-5-4 record in their previous 10 encounters in La Liga. To put that otherwise, the home side claimed a 10% win ratio, with Barcelona winning 40% of the last 10 encounters.
2 times in the past 10 matches between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona over 2.5 goals came out as a winning bet.
Standings in La Liga
It is hard to look past Memphis Depay when searching for a goalscorer. The Dutch star has had a solid start to his Barcelona career, having hit the target 2 times in the last 6 matches. Luuk de Jong is another capable goal threat for the visitors.
With 3 goals in the last 6 matches for Atletico Madrid, Luis Suarez is the player to look out for as he will be gunning for more goals.