Kick-off: 1515, 23/04/2023
Stadium: Camp Nou
TV: Viaplay Sports
Barcelona have just stuttered a touch in their pursuit of the Spanish title and may settle for a share of the spoils with Atletico Madrid.
The visitors are on a six-match winning run in La Liga and pushing city rivals Real for second place, so should provide stiff opposition.
We reckon taking 5/2 for a draw is the best value in our first Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid prediction.
Blaugrana eyeing clean-sheet record
Barcelona still have a commanding lead at the top of the table, being 11 points clear of Real, with Atletico a further two adrift.
However, the Catalan giants have had a poor couple of weeks to bring them back down to earth.
The Blaugrana were hammered 4-0 by Real at this venue in the Copa del Rey before being held to goalless stalemates by Girona and Getafe.
Raphinha and Alejandro Balde hit the woodwork at Coliseum Alfonso Perez last weekend, while Borja Mayoral headed narrowly wide for Getafe late on.
Head coach Xavi commented: “A point isn’t at all bad, but we’re far from satisfied.”
On the plus side, Marc-Andre ter Stegen has now kept 22 La Liga clean sheets this term, just one shy of Claudio Bravo’s record.
Barca have only conceded nine goals in 29 matches in this competition, with just two let in from 14 home fixtures.
Looking at the 7/10 for under 2.5 total goals in this game.
Los Colchoneros in fine form
Atletico were edged out 1-0 by Barca at Metropolitano Stadium back in January, when Ousmane Dembele’s 22nd-minute strike proved decisive.
Dembele also hit the woodwork in the second half that day, while Antoine Griezmann had a stoppage-time effort cleared off the line.
Stefan Savic and Ferran Torres both saw red in the closing stages following an off-the-ball fracas.
Since then, Los Colchoneros have only lost to arch-rivals Real in the Copa del Rey – and that was in extra-time after another Savic dismissal.
Diego Simeone’s side overcame Angel Correa being sent off to draw 1-1 at the Bernabeu in La Liga in February.
Six subsequent victories have been achieved with just three goals conceded, so everything points towards this being a tight tussle.
Let’s add 15/4 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time to our Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid betting tips.
We also wouldn’t put anyone off backing a red card to be shown!
|81'||José María Giménez|
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