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The La Liga fixture at Estadio Camp Nou on Saturday sees home side Barcelona do battle with Atlético Madrid.
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Barcelona fans will want a repeat of their previous result, being the 2-3 La Liga triumph vs Valencia.
In that game, Barcelona managed 69% possession and 14 shots at goal with 7 on target. For Barcelona, the goals were scored by Lionel Messi (57', 69') and Antoine Griezmann (63'). At the other end, Valencia CF had 9 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. Gabriel Paulista (50') and Carlos Soler (83') scored for Valencia.
Matches featuring Barcelona have often been engaging affairs of late with plenty of scoring being a common characteristic. Over their past six clashes alone, a grand total of 25 goals have been recorded for both teams combined (at an average of 4.17 goals per game) with 16 of these coming from Barça. Regardless, we’ll just have to find out whether the trend might persist in this game.
Heading into this fixture, Barcelona haven't won against Atlético Madrid in their previous 2 league games.
Atlético Madrid will come into the encounter after a 0-1 La Liga win with the eclipse of Elche CF in their most recent outing.
In that game, Atlético Madrid had 50% possession and 11 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. The only player to score for Atlético Madrid was Marcos Llorente (23'). Elche CF had 6 shots on goal with 1 on target.
A run of reliable performances from the Atlético Madrid defensive unit has resulted in the number of goals they’ve conceded amounting to 4 from their last 6 fixtures combined. In that time, the number of goals that they have scored themselves is 10.
Ahead of this clash, Atlético Madrid have not beaten Barcelona when they've played them away from home in the last 14 league matches. What a horrible run of results.
Head to head
Checking on their past head to head meetings stretching back to 04/03/2018 shows that Barcelona have won 3 of them and Atlético Madrid 1, with the number of drawn games standing at 2.
An aggregate of 11 goals were shared by the two clubs during those clashes, with 7 of them for Barça and 4 for Atleti. The average number of goals per game works out to 1.83.
The last league encounter between the two was La Liga match day 10 on 21/11/2020 and the score finished Atlético Madrid 1-0 Barcelona.
On that occasion, Atlético Madrid managed 45% possession and 9 shots at goal with 2 on target. The scorer was Yannick Carrasco (45').
On the other side, Barcelona had 13 attempts on goal with 4 on target.
The referee was José Luis Munuera Montero.
Team News: Barcelona
Philippe Coutinho (Rupture of Outer Meniscus) and Moussa Wagué (Patella rupture) are unavailable for Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman.
Team News: Atlético Madrid
From a largely full-strength group of players, there’s only the one fitness issue for the Atlético Madrid manager Diego Simeone to be concerned about. Renan Lodi (Muscle Injury) won’t be in action.
In our view, Atlético Madrid are certainly able to score against this Barcelona team, but it probably won’t be enough to avoid defeat.
We’re going for a very close game with a 2-1 win for Barcelona at the end of the match. Expecting it to be very competitive.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Estadio Camp Nou (99,354)
Captain: Lionel Messi
Chairman: Joan Laporta
Manager: Ronald Koeman
Competitions: La Liga position 3, Copa del Rey (Final), Supercopa (Final)
⭐ Star Player: Ousmane Dembélé
Customarily playing in the Left Wing position, Ousmane Dembélé was born in Vernon, France. After making a first senior appearance for Rennes in the 2015 - 2016 season, the goalscoring Forward has managed 5 league goals in the LaLiga 2020 - 2021 campaign so far coming from a total of 26 appearances.