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Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona: No reprieve for Koeman

Kick-off: 2000, 02/10/2021

Stadium: Wanda Metropolitano

TV: La Liga TV

These are worrying times for Barcelona and Ronald Koeman could have done without a tough trip to Atletico Madrid heading into the international break.

The Dutch manager is unlikely to survive another defeat at Wanda Metropolitano but it is hard to predict any other outcome here.

Punters can get Evens for a home win and that has to be the opening pick in our Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona betting tips.

A Look At Atletico Madrid’s Betting Odds

Atletico have been a bit sloppy themselves this season, beginning the defence of their La Liga title with just four wins in seven domestic outings.

Home draws with Villarreal and Athletic Bilbao were compounded by a surprise 1-0 defeat away to Alaves last weekend.

However, Los Colchoneros put that setback behind them when prevailing 2-1 against AC Milan in Italy in the Champions League on Tuesday.

Milan were reduced to 10 men in the first half when leading, but Atletico’s dramatic late turnaround was still a huge boost to morale.

Antoine Griezmann netted for the first time since returning to the club on loan from Barca in the 84th minute and Luis Suarez converted a stoppage-time penalty.

“I believe in my players – I know we have a very good squad,” head coach Diego Simeone told Movistar.

“Evidently, we’ve not found our consistency yet. We’ve tried giving minutes to all the players and finding what makes us best as a team.

“That has to come from me. From there, they have to know that with the time they get on the pitch, they can be decisive.”

Games between these teams will always be tight, so 11/4 for Los Colchoneros to oblige by any one-goal margin appeals from the Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona odds.

A Look At Barcelona’s Betting Odds

After being outclassed by Bayern Munich and only drawing with Granada and Cadiz, Barcelona hinted at better things to come when beating Levante 3-0.

However, that proved to be a false dawn, as the Catalan giants went down by the same scoreline when visiting Benfica on Wednesday.

Darwin Nunez netted in the third minute and capped off his side’s scoring with a penalty late on, with Rafa Silva striking in between.

Eric Garcia was sent off late on and Barca are under pressure to avoid missing out on the knockout stage for the first time in almost two decades.

Koeman said: “Benfica were strong physically and they’re quick. I think that for the first and second goals, we just had to defend much better.”

He added: “There’s no point in comparing this with Barcelona teams of years gone by. That’s as clear as water.

“I can only give you my opinion of my work at the club – I feel backed by my players and their attitude.”

Sadly, Barca just looked slow at the back and lacked composure up front, with confidence clearly drained by recent results.

It would be hard to see them recovering if starting slowly again here, so 9/4 for the visitors to trail at half-time and full-time is our final Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona prediction.

Additional stats

Last result:

AC Milan 1-2 ATLETICO MADRID – Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez (pen)

Benfica 3-0 BARCELONA

Head-to-head: Barcelona 0-0 Atletico, Atletico 1-0 Barcelona, Barcelona 2-2 Atletico, Barcelona 2-3 Atletico, Atletico 0-1 Barcelona

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