Unbeaten in their last five league games, Atletico Madrid will be looking to get a positive result when they host the wounded Barcelona side at the Vicente Calderon stadium in the 24th round of the Spanish top flight.
Atletico to Take Advantage Of Barcelona’s Champions League Fall
The hosts have been in a very good form in recent weeks. The team have gone five games without a loss in the Spanish top division and generally look solid. Atletico Madrid have collected a total of 11 points from a possible 15 in their last five league games in La Liga. Their last league match was against Sporting Gijon away from home where they won 4-1.
Atletico Madrid are currently sitting in the 4th place in the league table. They have 45 points from 13 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses. The team scored 43 goals and conceded 19 since the start of the season.
Jan Oblak was on the bench for Atletico against Leverkusen midweek in the Champions League and should start this weekend. Diego Godin is likely to be rushed back from injury to start alongside Stefan Savic at centre-back, with Sime Vrsaljko continuing at right-back in Juanfran absence.
Barcelona To Bounce Back
The visitors are also in a good form in La Liga, but they lost their Champions League tie against PSG in midweek. Barcelona have collected a total of 13 points from a possible 15 in their last five league games in La Liga. Their last league match was against Leganes at home where they won 2-1.
Barcelona are currently sitting in the 2nd place in the league table. They have 51 points from 15 wins, 6 draws and 2 losses. They have scored 63 goals and conceded 19 since the start of the season.
Sergio Busquets is back after suspension and should feature from the off in the holding midfield role, with Ivan Rakitic most likely to drop to the bench. Samuel Umtiti should be preferred to Jeremy Mathieu at centre-back, with Andre Gomes continuing in the centre of the park alongside Andres Iniesta.
Head To Head
Barcelona have won 2 of the last 5 meetings between the two teams. The last clash between the two teams was in February when the final score was 1-1 in a game that had three red cards in it.
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