There’s a top of the table clash at the Camp Nou on Sunday between La Liga leaders Barcelona and in-form Atletico Madrid, who lie seven points behind the league leaders. Ernesto Valverde’s side will be favourites due to their home advantage, despite Atleti losing just one La Liga game all season.
Where and when: Camp Nou – 4 March, kick-off 15:15
Where you can see Barcelona v Atletico Madrid: Sky Sports, William Hill
Last time: Atletico and Barca cancelled each other out at the Wanda Metropolitano back in October, with Saul Niguez’s first half strike cancelled out by Luis Suarez in a 1-1 draw.
Barcelona v Atletico Madrid Predictions and Preview
Barcelona were running away with the league title; 11 points clear of Atletico Madrid in second and a further eight of fourth-placed Real Madrid.
However, that lead has now been cut to just seven points after successive draws – a 1-1 draw at Catalan neighbours Espanyol and scoreless stalemate with Getafe – and despite recent wins at Eibar and against Girona, their lead has not strengthened.
That is due to Atletico dropping just two points in their last eight league matches and winning each of their last five, including Sunday’s 5-2 demolition of Sevilla.
The Blaugrana are still considered favourites for this game and are available to win at 7/10 while a surprise away win is priced at 24/5 with the draw available at 3/1.
These two sides have great pride in their strong defensive records this season – under 2.5 goals is priced at 26/25 with fewer than 1.5 goals at 16/5.
Barcelona are available at 15/8 to win to nil while such a win for Atleti is 9/1, while a ‘double chance’ on Diego Simeone’s winning or drawing is available at 13/10.
One to watch for Barcelona: Luis Suarez has already scored 22 goals this season for Barcelona, including 17 in his last 16 in all competitions. He is priced at 11/10 to score anytime in this fixture.
One to watch for Atletico Madrid: Diego Costa has scored five goals in his nine matches since returning to Atletico from Chelsea and is available at 12/5 to find the net anytime in this game.
Long shot: Not only do these two sides have the strongest defensive records in La Liga but also in Europe, and a 0-0 draw in this game has odds of 25/2.