class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>The clash in Catalonia between these two La Liga title contenders could have major consequences and Goal is backing a low-scoring affair at Camp Nou
La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid head to Camp Nou on Saturday afternoon to face Barcelona in a game which could go a long way to deciding what has been the most keenly-contested title in recent years.
A victory would put Diego Simeone’s side five points clear of the Catalans with just three games to play while a win for Barca would send them top of the table, although Real Madrid are also in contention to end the weekend top if they beat fourth-placed Sevilla on Sunday evening.
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Latest Odds
Diego Simeone recorded his first ever league success over Barcelona when these two sides met in Madrid earlier this season but another win for the capital club is priced 10/3 (4.33) with bet365.
The hosts lost their last home game 2-1 against Granada and can be backed at 4/5 (1.80) to get back to winning ways, with the draw offered at 11/4 (3.75).
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Team News
Barca have no major injury concerns with long-term absentees Philippe Coutinho and Ansu Fati the only players likely to be unavailable.
The visitors have doubts over defenders Renan Lodi and Jose Maria Gimenez, with the former missing last weekend’s win at Elche and the latter substituted towards the end of the game with a knock.
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Preview
There is huge pressure on both sides coming into this game, with both knowing defeat would strike a serious blow to their title aspirations.
Recent meetings between these sides have been extremely cagey affairs and back in November, the only goal of the game was scored by Yannick Carrasco following an uncharacteristic error from Barca goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Atletico Madrid boast the best defence in the league this season, having conceded just 22 goals, and backing them to be involved in another low-scoring game makes sense.
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Tips and Predictions
Under 2.5 goals has paid out six of the last seven times that Atleti have faced Barca in La Liga and a repeat is priced at a healthy looking 10/11 (1.91).
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