Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid
SAT 8 MAY 2021 – KO 15:15
BETTING & MATCH PREDICTION
On Saturday afternoon, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid clash at the Nou Camp, in what could be a pivotal encounter in the race for the Spanish top-flight.
The Catalan giants have forced their way into the title race after an underwhelming start to the campaign. They head into this game level on points with second-place Real Madrid and just two adrift of Saturday’s opponents who are league leaders.
Barcelona bounced back from a shock 2-1 home defeat by Granada by recording a 3-2 win at Valencia last weekend. The victory means that the Blaugrana have won nine of their last 11 matches in the Spanish top-flight.
The defeat against Granada ended a stellar run of home form for Barcelona in the Spanish top-flight, as they were 13 matches unbeaten on home soil in La Liga before the loss.
For much of the first half of the season, Atletico seemed to be running away with the Spanish top-flight title. However, their form has faltered slightly in 2021. There are signs that their form is improving, though, as a 1-0 win at Elche means that Diego Simeone’s team has won three of their last four league outings. The win also saw a third clean sheet in four La Liga outings for the league’s best defence.
Atletico have not been great on their travels of late, but the Elche win ended a four-game run without a win on their travels in the Spanish top-flight.
The visitors will take heart from recent meetings with the home team in La Liga, as the team from the capital are unbeaten in three meetings with their hosts, recording two wins in the process.
Barcelona are expected to be without Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho and young defender Moussa Wague through injury. Atletico Madrid could be without Coutinho’s compatriot Renan Lodi, as he has a muscle problem.