FC Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid / La Liga – Great derby of the 31st round and the entire La Liga! Match between two first positioned teams could resolve the race for the title. Barcelona is leader in the table and has eight points more than Atletico, meaning if they win they can start celebrating. If Atletico wins it would return in the race but for them it is also important to stay ahead of the city rival Real Madrid. The two teams drew their match played in Madrid 1-1 in the first part of season.
FC Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid begins 06.04.2019 at 20:45 CET
Barcelona won nothing yet this season and consequently we cannot come up with an analysis but they are still in the race for all three titles. It seems that the easiest job is ahead of them in La liga as they are leaders and have eight points more than second-placed Atletico. If the Catalans win Atletico now they would eliminate them from the race and that would be the key move for the title defence. They are close to win another title in the Copa del Rey in which will face Valencia in the final. Realistically, the most difficult will be attempt to win the Champions League given they are still in the quarter-finals.
Next week Barcelona faces Manchester United and it is no wonder why manager Valverde tries to refresh the team in each match. Last Tuesday they met Villarreal and after lead of 2-0 they were trailing behind by 4-2, but in the end they managed to pull off a draw. Messi, Pique and Rakitic expectedly weren’t starters, but Messi and Rakitic came off the bench when defeat started to loom over. Now, the strongest available team goes on the pitch.
Probable lineups FC Barcelona: ter Stegen – S. Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, J. Alba – Busquets, Rakitic, Arthur – Messi, L. Suarez, Coutinho
It is logical that Atletico fans hope to return in the race for the title with victory over Barcelona but they are probably aware that the title is far and away. At the beginning it is very difficult to win at the Camp Nou, as they are not in particularly good shape and on top of it are shaken after elimination from the Champions League. Right after defeat by Juventus 3-0 came defeat in Bilbao by 2-0.
Atletico finally recovered two rounds ago when it won Alaves 4-0, while in the previous round they finally defeated for them very unpleasant Girona 2-0. Again, they didn’t dominate and both goals were scored in the finish of match, but they nevertheless managed for the second time in a row to win with a clean sheet. Juanfran was reserve and Rodri was starter, while D. Costa was injured. Now, he will be a starter despite fact that he has just recovered since Morata is injured, just like Lemar and L. Hernadez, which means there will be no other changes.
Probable lineups Atletico Madrid: Oblak – Arias, Gimenez, Godin, Filipe Luis – Thomas, Rodri, Saul Niguez, Koke – Griezmann, D. Costa
FC Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid PICK
Barcelona struggled against Villarreal but the strongest team didn’t play then and now the situation is different. Messi is in great shape and is capable to resolve a match by himself, especially as Atletico is not in the top form and shows number of weaknesses lately. That is why we will forecast of the home team.
Pick: Barcelona wins
Odds: 1.83 at bethard (down to 1.73 can be played)
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