Barcelona is comfortable at the top of the La Liga standings, but things could drastically change if they lose against Atletico Madrid. Especially since Real Madrid is heavily favored to defeat Celta de Vigo.
Los Azulgranas, who are undefeated when playing at home, come in as the La Liga betting favorites but keep in mind that Los Colchoneros haven’t lost in their last 13 domestic games. Summing up, we’re previewing the Game of the Week!
Barcelona: Streak of Their Own
Not playing in any international competition has allowed Barcelona to focus on winning the La Liga title. They currently have an 11-point advantage over Real Madrid and 13 over Atletico Madrid. As if that wasn’t enough, Los Azulgranas have only conceded nine goals in 29 games. That’s crazy!
Most recently, they drew 0-0 to Getafe despite winning possession with 67 percent and finishing with 15 shots in total, five more than Los Azulones. Although it wasn’t the best result, at least it allowed them to extend their non-losing streak to six matches.
Their last home match also finished with a goalless draw, but that’s not usual. Prior to that, they scored in 12 straight home matches, scoring two or more goals eight times. During that span, they also finished with a clean sheet in 10 games.
Despite going several weeks without scoring, Robert Lewandowski is still a threat. The Polish have scored 17 goals, enough to be the league’s top scorer. Regarding the team, he’s followed by Pedri and Rapinha with six. In the end, we’re talking about a team with the talent to spare.
That’s why the -105 price they’re offering in the La Liga lines to win straight up is such a great deal. Finally, they want to win the title as soon as possible, which makes them an even more dangerous side.
Atletico Madrid: Too Little, Too Late?
After a rocky start to the season, Atletico Madrid is finally meeting expectations. As mentioned before, Los Colchoneros haven’t lost in their last 13 matches, winning the last six in a row with a 15-3 aggregate.
Last weekend, they fulfilled their role as betting online favorites against Almeria thanks to a 2-1 victory. Antoine Griezmann was named Man of the Match after scoring both goals in the first half. Los Colchoneros controlled the match from start to end, winning possession with 65 percent and finishing with seven shots on goal. Almeria only took one.
Griezmann is the main reason for you to consider including the visitors in your La Liga picks, especially at +315, which gives you the chance of winning $315 per every $100 wagered on them. The French striker has scored 11 goals, one more than Alvaro Morata.
You should also keep in mind that they only lost 2 of their last 10 road matches, both by only one goal. They also finished with a clean sheet in three of their last five and managed to snatch a point from Real Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu thanks to a 1-1 draw. If you were looking for an underdog to wager on, Los Colchoneros are a great option.
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Head-to-Head
The first meeting between these two was a back-and-forth battle that Barcelona ended up winning 1-0 despite finishing with 10 fewer shots. Ousmane Dembele scored the lone goal in the first half. Both finished with 10 players after Stefan Savic and Ferran Torres were sent off in the second.
Los Azulgranas won 6 of their last 10 meetings, while Los Colchoneros won two. During that span, the total went over once. By the way, the total for Sunday’s clash is set at 2½ goals with the over offering a +120 price in the sportsbook.
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Match Information
- Match: Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid
- Date/Time: Sunday, Apr. 23,10:15 a.m. ET
- Location: Camp Nou, Barcelona
- Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Live stream: fubo.tv
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Betting Lines
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Picks and Prediction
If the first meeting between the two was a close one, this will be even more. While I expect both to score, I don’t expect the total to go over. The under is offering a -140 in the La Liga odds. That’s why my betting advice is to wager on the draw. In the end, a draw is a good deal for Barcelona. Plus, we’re talking about the top two defensive units since Atletico Madrid has conceded 21 goals.
Barcelona is listed at -105 in our Vegas La Liga lines. This means that if you wager $100 on Barcelona, you have a chance to win $95. Atletico Madrid is +315, offering a chance to win $315 on a $100 wager.
The implied probability attached to the betting lines gives Barcelona a 51.22% chance to win, with Atletico Madrid at 24.10%.