Atletico Madrid host Barcelona on Saturday in one of the games of the seasons in La Liga, as two title contenders clash. The champions are expected to start both Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann against their former side, so expect some fireworks between two teams who have struggled in front of goal lately.
Where and when: Wanda Metropolitano – 2 October, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Atletico Madrid vs. Barcelona: La Liga TV
Last time: The last meeting between these two teams ended in a goalless draw at the Nou Camp back in May.
Atletico Madrid v Barcelona and Preview
Although Atletico Madrid started the season with two consecutive victories, the La Liga champions have been quite inconsistent and even suffered a shock 1-0 defeat to Alaves last time out. Diego Simeone’s men also drew twice at home against Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao, so they’ll have to get back to winning ways as quickly as they can.
However, this won’t be easy as Barcelona visit the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday evening for the first big clash of the season. Atletico Madrid won their last home game against La Blaugrana 1-0 last term, thanks to a strike from Yannick Carrasco. Los Colchoneros are undefeated in their last four meetings against Barca, managing two draws and two wins during that stretch.
However Simeone’s side have been quite unconvincing lately, after managing just two victories in their last six games in all competitions. Antoine Griezmann has struggled to fit in after his return from Barcelona, but nevertheless he is expected to start against the Catalans alongside another ex-Barca player, Luis Suarez.
The only notable absentee for Atletico is Thomas Lemar, who is yet to recover from his muscle injury, while Barcelona will have to do without at least four key players.
Sergio Aguero, Jordi Alba, Martin Braithwaite and Ousmane Dembele are all sidelined, while Pedri and Sergi Roberto are both in doubt. Pedri just returned to training this week, so he might not start, but the return of Ansu Fati is a huge boost for Ronald Koeman.
The 18-year-old came off the bench and scored the third goal in the 3-0 win over Levante last time out, so Fati might slot in straight into Barcelona’s starting XI on Saturday. Memphis Depay and Luuk de Jong were also on target against Levante, as Barca finally looked liked their usual selves after failing to win their last three games.
The Catalans’ last victory away to Atletico Madrid was back in 2019 when Lionel Messi scored a late winner, but Barcelona haven’t defeat the capital side since.
Ronald Koeman’s men are out at 27/10 with William Hill to pick up what would be their fourth victory of the La Liga season in this Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona preview. However, the Catalans drew against the likes of Granada and Cadiz recently, so a draw on Saturday might be a better choice at 12/5.
Atletico Madrid drew their last two home games, but are undefeated in 10 consecutive matches at the Wanda Metropolitano, so a victory for Simeone’s men can’t be ruled out at 21/20. The last two games between these teams saw under 2.5 goals, so backing that up at 4/5 seems like a tempting option.
One to watch for Atletico Madrid: Luis Suarez was Atletico Madrid’s top scorer last term with 21 La Liga goals. Diego Simeone’s men have struggled in front of goal this term, but despite this the Uruguayan already has three strikes to his name and is 9/2 to score the opener against his former side.
One to watch for Barcelona: Memphis Depay has been one of the few bright players for Barcelona since the start of the season. The Dutchman has three La Liga goals under his belt so far and is 6/1 to break the deadlock against Atletico on Saturday.
Long shot: Both Atletico Madrid and Barcelona have been far from convincing in terms of goalscoring in their recent games. The last meeting between those teams ended in a goalless draw and a repeat of that result this weekend is available at 10/1.