Kick-off: 1945, 24/11/2018
Stadium: Wanda Metropolitano
Barcelona will be determined to bounce back from a shock loss to Real Betis before the international break but Atletico Madrid are hard to beat at the Wanda Metropolitano.
Los Colchoneros have the best home record in La Liga with 16 out of 18 points and will bid to extend their unbeaten run in this competition to 10 games.
Just one point separates these teams in Spain’s top flight and 12/5 for a draw is a value option for our opening Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona prediction.
A Look At Atletico Madrid’s Betting Odds
Atletico made it six straight home wins when following up a 2-0 Champions League triumph over Borussia Dortmund by edging out Athletic Bilbao 3-2 at this venue.
Diego Simeone’s side twice trailed in that last fixture but sneaked ahead when it mattered most with a stoppage-time effort from skipper Diego Godin.
That performance typified the spirit of this hard-working outfit, which finished second in the table last term and claimed Europa League glory.
However, it may be a telling fact that goalkeeper Jan Oblak was voted player of the month for October by the club’s supporters, highlighting how they still have a bit to find in general play to topple Barca.
A Look At Barcelona’s Betting Odds
Even two goals from Lionel Messi on his return from injury couldn’t spare Barcelona’s blushes when they went down 4-3 to Betis at Camp Nou.
“We didn’t play well in the first half and we just couldn’t work our way back into the game,” admitted Ernesto Valverde on the club’s website.
“There was something generally missing. This season’s Liga is turning out to be very competitive and this was a reminder of how hard it is to win games.”
Barca will surely have taken note of how Betis repeatedly hurt them on the break and that is something they should be able to work on.
Losing Ivan Rakitic due to injury and suspension is a blow, but Arturo Vidal can fill the void.
He scored in last month’s 5-1 rout of Real Madrid, came off the bench to net in the loss to Betis and bagged a brace for Chile in Wednesday’s 4-1 triumph over Honduras.
Let’s finish off our Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona betting tips by taking 9/2 for the midfielder to hit the target again here.
ATLETICO MADRID 3-2 Athletic Bilbao – Thomas Partey, Rodrigo, Diego Godin
BARCELONA 3-4 Real Betis – Lionel Messi (2), Arturo Vidal
Head-to-head: Barcelona 1-0 Atletico, Atletico 1-1 Barcelona, Atletico 1-2 Barcelona, Barcelona 1-1 Atletico, Atletico 1-2 Barcelona, Barcelona 1-1 Atletico
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