Just like 2020, La Liga is upside down. Real Sociedad owns the top spot; Atletico Madrid is third, Real Madrid fourth, and Barcelona eighth.
The Spanish domestic competition returns after an intense international break, and Atletico Madrid will play host to Barcelona in one of the most important matches of the year.
Let’s take a deeper look while making some predictions. You can rest assured that BetUs has all your Sports Betting needs covered.
Game: Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona
Location: Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid
Time: Saturday, 3 p.m. ET
Television: beIN Sports
Live Stream: fuboTV
La Liga Betting Lines
|Atletico Madrid||Pk+110||+195||2 ½||1|
|Barcelona||Pk-130||+140||2 ½||1 ½|
Head to Head
- Competitive Matches: 213
- Atletico Madrid Victories: 67 (316 goals)
- Barcelona Victories: 95 (399 goals)
- Draws: 51
Last season, Barcelona beat Atletico Madrid (0-1) at Wanda Metropolitano with a late goal from Lionel Messi. Later, at Camp Nou, they drew 2-2; Saul scored twice for Atletico and Lionel Messi and Diego Costa (own goal) did it for Barcelona.
Regarding La Liga, Atletico Madrid haven’t beat Barcelona since the 2009-10 season (2-1). Back then, Diego Forlan and Simao scored for Atletico, while Zlatan Ibrahimović scored for Barcelona; none of them play in Spain anymore.
In the 2015-2016 season Atletico beat Barcelona 2-0, but it was for the Champions League.
Since 2010, Barcelona has led the series in La Liga 14-6-0.
Moneyline: Atletico Madrid +195 | Barcelona +140
Why bet on Atletico Madrid?
Despite not having beaten Barcelona (domestically) since 2010, Atletico Madrid have a pretty good chance to do it thanks to a well-balanced roster.
After seven games in the current La Liga season, Atletico Madrid haven’t lost (only unbeaten team). They have a 5-2-0 record, and they have scored 17 goals (second-best in the league) and allowed just two (best in the league).
“Los Colchoneros” won the last four games in a row scoring 11 goals and allowing just one. They have beat pretty good teams like Granada (fifth) and Real Betis (seventh).
Joao Felix and Luis Suarez (played for Barcelona between 2014 and 2020) are on fire with five goals each, but unfortunately for Atletico Suarez tested positive for COVID-19 and can’t play against his former team.
Angel Correa leads the league in assists with four.
Atletico Madrid is a pretty serious project. Diego Simeone has been their manager since 2011, they have won several titles (the last La Liga title was in the 2013-14 season), and they own one of the best rosters in Europe.
Why Bet on Barcelona?
So far, Barcelona is not having the best domestic season (3-2-2), but you cannot deny that the team remains talented.
Despite losing several experienced players (Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal, Arthur), the newcomers have responded well, mainly Ansu Fati and Pedri.
Before the international break, Barcelona beat Real Betis 5-2, ending a four-game drought (including a 3-1 defeat against Real Madrid).
Despite several contractual disputes, Lionel Messi keeps playing at an elite level; Marc-Andre ter Stegen is one of the best goalkeepers in the world; and four key players (Ousmane Dembele, Ansu Fati, Pedri, Frenkie de Jong) are 23 years old or less.
Barcelona’s roster is so good that players like Sergino Dest, Miralem Pjanic and Martin Braithwaite have to come from the bench.
Individually speaking, Ansu Fati is one of the tournament’s top scorers with four goals (can’t play due to injury). Jordi Alba is one of the league’s assists leaders with three.
Discarded Players and Projected Line-ups
As we already mentioned, Luis Suarez is out for Atletico due to COVID-19, but he’s not the only one. Lucas Torreira is out for the same reason.
There is some good news though; Diego Costa, Yannick Carrasco, Vitolo, and Savic are back.
Atletico’s projected lineup is Jan Oblak, Stefan Savic, Jose Maria Gimenez, Mario Hermoso, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Hector Herrera, Koke, Saul, Marcos Llorente, Joao Felix, and Diego Costa.
Regarding Barcelona, Ronald Araujo and Ansu Fati are out, but Samuel Umtiti and Philippe Coutinho were upgraded to questionable.
Barcelona’s expected lineup is Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Frenkie de Jong, Pedri, Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann.
Pick: Draw 2-2
Over/Under 2½ goals: Atletico Madrid (5-2-0) | Barcelona (3-2-2)
Atletico vs Barcelona are usually low score games, but Atletico have evolved into a more offensive team, and Barcelona have one of the most electric offensive units in Europe.
Atletico scored four goals in their last La Liga game, and Barcelona scored five despite having Messi coming from the bench. Both teams have scored at least one goal in every La Liga match except one.
Yes, Luis Suarez and Ansu Fati are out, but Joao Felix, Diego Costa, Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann are not. Both Atletico and Barcelona have midfielders who can score from long distance, mainly Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid, has scored three goals so far) and Frenkie de Jong (Barcelona).
A match between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona hasn’t ended 0-0 since the 2013-14 season. Four of their last ten matchups went over 2½ goals.
Pick: Over 2½ goals
Final Score Prediction: 2-2
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona Props Predictions
Regarding the correct score for Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona, a 0-0 draw offers a +950 value; 1-1 appears at +500, and 2-2 at +1200.
If you are leaning to an Atletico Madrid victory, 1-0 offers a +800 value and 2-1 is +950. A 1-0 victory for Barcelona is +700 and 2-1 +800.
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