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Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona Prediction & Betting Tips

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Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona : Betting Tips, Match Prediction & Preview

Atletico Madrid host Barcelona in La Liga, as the two giants take each other on in what could be an important game in the race for Champions League qualification.

  • Barcelona to Win @ +180 With FanDuel
  • Over 2.5 goals @ - 164 With FanDuel
  • Both Teams to Score @ - 205 With FanDuel

These odds are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change.

  • Date: 17/03/24
  • Kick-off time: 20:00
  • Venue: Metropolitano Stadium

Xavi’s Barcelona side currently sit third, with their title chances looking slim. However, with three wins in four, they have given themselves hope of catching league leaders Real Madrid. They trail their arch rivals by eight points with ten games to go, and still have to play them once more this season. A win against Atletico Madrid could see them leapfrog second-place Girona, and potentially cut the gap to five depending on other results. A defeat and a Real win would all but end their title aspirations.

Diego Simeone has his team one place below in fourth, as they hold on to that final Champions League place. They are just two points above Athletic Bilbao so it would be huge to pick up three points this weekend. Moving up in the table is also not out of the question, as they are six points behind their opponents. A win would open the door to overtaking Barcelona in the table in the upcoming weeks.

Robert Lewandowski is his club’s top scorer this season with 12 goals, and he should be confident of adding to his tally against a defence who has not kept a clean sheet in five games. Barcelona have enjoyed some defensive success recently, conceding just one in their last four, but Atletico’s leading scorer Alvaro Morata could provide a serious threat.

Recent form suggests that this game should end in Barcelona’s favour, and head-to-head matchups between the pair also make this a likely outcome. In their last four league meetings, Barca have dominated, winning four in a row. The reverse fixture at the Nou Camp in December was a close game, in which the hosts won 1-0. A first-half Joao Felix goal proved to be the difference.

Barcelona to Win

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Barcelona to Win @ +180

Over 2.5 goals

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Yes @ -164

Both Teams to Score

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Yes @ -205

Team News

Atletico Madrid Team News

Antoine Griezmann and Jose Gimenez have missed the last four games with ankle and muscle injuries. Both could make a return this weekend. Cesar Azpilicueta has been out since January with a return date unclear. Pablo Barrios was absent for the last game with a fever. Thomas Lemar is still out with a ruptured Achilles.

Barcelona Team News

Pedri and Frenkie De Jong both picked up injuries last week which are expected to sideline them for a month. Pedri has a quad injury, whilst De Jong has an ankle sprain. Ronald Araujo is eligible to return from suspension. Gavi and Alex Balde are long-term absentees, with Raphinha and Marcos Alonso potentially set to return early next month.

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Form Guide

Atletico Madrid Form Guide

In their last five games, Atletico Madrid have won one, drawn one and lost three. Atletico are currently in the midst of a difficult run of form, dropping points in multiple games as well as falling to a first-leg deficit in the Champions League.

This stretch began with European action as they took on Serie A leaders Inter Milan in the first leg of the Round of 16. Marko Arnautovic scored a 79th-minute winner to take a lead to the Metropolitano, which will take place in midweek. They failed to return to winning ways away at Almeria, with the hosts coming from behind twice to take a 2-2 draw. Angel Correa gave the visitors a second-minute lead, but Luka Romero levelled the score. Rodrigo De Paul restored the lead, but again, Romero got the equaliser for his side. Their woes continued in the Copa Del Rey, falling 3-0 in the second leg to Athletic Bilbao. The tie ended 4-0 on aggregate as they missed out on the final. Inaki and Nico Williams both found themselves in the scoresheet, and Gorka Guruzeta also found the back of the net.

They finally picked up a win against Real Betis, as they took a commanding 2-0 lead into half-time thanks to an own goal and another strike from Alvaro Morata. Betis pulled one back in the second half, but could not mount a comeback. Atletico’s latest game ended in defeat at Cadiz, as they lost 2-0. They enjoyed much more possession but failed to score. Juanmi’s brace ensured Simeone’s side returned home with no points.

Barcelona Form Guide

In their last five games, Barcelona have won three and drawn two. Xavi’s side are unbeaten in this stretch, which began with a 2-1 win at Celta Vigo. However, this came in dramatic fashion, as they needed a penalty at the death to secure three points. Robert Lewandowski broke the deadlock on the stroke of half-time, but this was cancelled out by Iago Aspas shortly after the restart. The game looked set for a tie, but the visitors were awarded a 97th-minute penalty, which was converted by Lewandowski for his brace.

A return to European action followed as they travelled to Naples to take on Napoli in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 tie. There was nothing to split the two sides, as an equaliser from Victor Osimhen to Lewandowski’s opener means it is all to play for as they head back to Spain in midweek.

Xavi’s side then inflicted a thumping 4-0 loss on Getafe. Raphinha, Joao Felix, Frenkie De Jong and Lamine Yamal were all on the scoresheet. They couldn’t continue their rich goal-scoring form when they took on Athletic Bilbao. Barca enjoyed more possession, but neither could find the back of the net. They returned to winning ways last weekend with a narrow 1-0 victory at home to Mallorca. Sixteen-year-old Yamal’s goal was the difference between the teams.

FlashPicks Prediction

Both teams have endured a mixed run of form, though Atletico Madrid are struggling in particular. However, it is a big game which both sides will be up for, though we expect Atleti’s woes to continue with a narrow defeat – Atletico Madrid 1-2 Barcelona

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Where to watch Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona

Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona will be available to watch on the Peacock Network (An NBC live-streaming Platform)

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