Atletico Madrid battle it out with Barcelona in the pick of this weekend’s La Liga fixtures. Los Rojiblancos are the only team in the division yet to taste defeat, while the visitors are languishing in eighth, nine points adrift of Real Sociedad at the top of the table. Blaugrana boss Ronald Koeman was not a popular appointment and his tenure could be short lived dependent on Josep Bartomeu’s successor.
Where and when: Metropolitano Stadium, Madrid – 21 November, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Atletico Madrid vs. Barcelona: LaLigaTV
Last time: The sides shared four goals during the tempestuous encounter at the end of June which saw nine players cautioned on the night.
Atletico Madrid v Barcelona Predictions and Preview
Diego Simeone has been dealt a blow with the news Luis Suarez will miss the encounter with his old-teammates. The Uruguayan tested positive for coronavirus during the international break and will have to wait to add to his five-goal haul.
Diego Costa is expected to deputise for the hotshot, with an ever-improving Joao Felix and Angel Correa in support. The young Portuguese talent understandably took some time to settle but is now justifying his mammoth price tag and has been the standout performer in La Liga this campaign.
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The Viseu native has contributed seven strikes and two assists from 10 domestic appearances and is 13/2 to register first, while Costa can be found at 13/2. The maverick is the man for the big occasion and will relish the physical tussle with Gerard Pique. Los Rojiblancos are 41/20 to extend their advantage over Barca in the table and a share of the spoils is 5/2.
Antoine Griezmann is fit and available for a reunion with his former colleagues. The World Cup winner was idolised in the terraces before moving to the North-East.
The versatile forward has struggled to replicate his Atletico exploits for Barcelona but with Suarez exiled in the off-season, Koeman is backing his star to come good and deliver. Griezmann is 16/5 to net anytime, while six-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi is 10/3 favourite to open proceedings.
Despite going public on his desire to leave Camp Nou, the Argentine is still affecting games and will be central to Barca’s hopes of getting anything from a notoriously difficult opponent. Ousmane Dembele will start on the right flank in the absence of Ansu Fati.
The wonderkid is projected to be on the treatment table for next four months and the ex-Borussia Dortmund winger will get his chance to salvage his career with the club after injury and time keeping concerns. Dembele is 19/2 to score last and the travelling party are 11/8 to emerge triumphant.
One to watch for Atletico Madrid: Marcos Llorente deservedly earned a first call-up to the national side after 18 months of sterling performances and made his senior debut against Netherlands. The all-action midfielder is 7/2 to bag anytime.
One to watch for Barcelona: Alejandro Balde has been fast-tracked in to the first-time setup after Ansu Fati’s injury and is the latest product from La Masia. Koeman will have no hesitation fielding the teenager who is 55/1 to hit the final effort.
Long shot: While Barcelona and, to a lesser extent, Real Madrid, are in disarray, Atletico are largely settled and have a genuine opportunity to win the title again. Los Rojiblancos famously pipped the two league favourites in 2014 and a 2-0 home success is 15/1.