Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Preview, Predictions, Lineups, Team News

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid
Spanish La Liga, Spain
Date: Saturday, 6th April 2019
Kick off at: 19.45 GMT
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain

Blaugrana looking to secure their La Liga title which will get closer should they win this weekend. It will be a tough task though for Ernesto Valverde’s men as they are set to battle Atletico Madrid on Saturday.

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Possible Lineups

Here are the possible lineups for both teams as they gear up for this La Liga clash.  Let’s take a look at the probable lineups and formation that they could be setting up to help them get that win.

Barcelona

Expected Formation: 4-3-3

Probable Lineups: Ter Stegen(g);Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba(def);Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur(mid);Messi, Suarez, Coutinho(att)

Atletico Madrid

Expected Formation: 4-4-2

Probable Lineups: Oblak(g);Arias, Godin, Gimenez, F. Luis(def);Koke, T. Partay, Rodri, Saul(mid); Griezmann, Correa(att).

Recent Form

Before heading into this La Liga big match tie, both teams have already been involved in several other games. Let’s check out the latest results that they have been getting to have an idea about their current form.

Barcelona

Recent form in all competition (last five matches): WWWWD

Blaugrana’s winning streak come to an end this midweek as they were held into a draw by Villarreal. That 4-4 draw remain a special result though as Barca were able to avoid defeat after coming back from a 4-2 down just before the 90 minutes mark.

That result should serve as a warning sign for Barca to understand things are never easy. Valverde’s side certainly acknowledge that Atleti won’t be an easy team to beat.

Atletico Madrid

Recent form in all competition (last five matches) :WLLWW

After experiencing two consecutive defeats, Atletico finally got their act again in recent matches. Simeone’s side were able to win their last two matches in La Liga.

After a 4-0 away victory over Alaves last weekend, on midweek Atleti took down Girona 2-0. Those two victories should provide a needed morale boost for Los Rojiblancos ahead of their weekend clash.

Team News

Barcelona

Valverde’s side will still be without Ousmane Dembele along with Rafinha who are both injured. Meanwhile, Arturo Vidal is also unavailable for this weekend after picking up a suspension.

Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez should still start up front for Barca this Saturday. Another starting spot up front could be given to Philippe Coutinho this time around.

Atletico Madrid

Simeone’s squad are far from their possible best as several important players won’t be available. Diego Costa, Lucas Hernandez, Alvaro Morata are all out injured .

This means Atleti will heavily rely on Antoine Griezmann to get goals on Saturday. Los Rojiblancos can also set their sight on putting in a solid defensive play with Diego Godin and Gimenez’s partnership.

Head to Head Records:

The last five meetings between both teams have been pretty tight with Barca edging with two wins and three draws.

Their latest encounter at Camp Nou was on March 4, 2019 which ended with a 1-0 victory for Barca.

Match Prediction

Playing ahead of their Champions League midweek date, Barca might decide to save some of their energy. However, knowing the prestige of battling Atleti, Blaugrana will not bow down easily.

Atletico themselves are ready to give their all, though they won’t be at full team on Saturday. Barca will be favorite at Camp Nou, but Atletico could take advantage over Blaugrana’s European date.

Final Score: 1-1

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