Kick-off: 1945, 06/04/2019
Stadium: Camp Nou
Barcelona can move another big step closer to retaining the Spanish title by beating second-placed Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou on Saturday night.
Los Colchoneros closed the gap to eight points in midweek but have won only one of their last 16 encounters with the Catalan giants.
The hosts have won three of the past four La Liga meetings at this venue and get the vote at 39/50 to prevail again here in our opening Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid prediction.
A Look At Barcelona’s Betting Odds
Barcelona were fortunate to only drop two points on Tuesday night when staging a remarkable late rally to draw 4-4 at Villarreal.
Resting Lionel Messi for the first hour of that match almost backfired as, despite striking early on through Philippe Coutinho and Malcom, Barca trailed 4-2 with time running out.
However, Messi fired in a 90th-minute free-kick before Luis Suarez equalised with the last kick of the game in stoppage time.
Ernesto Valverde acknowledged ‘Messidependence’ still exists and admitted the match against Villarreal proved to be a wake-up call.
“It shows that the league is not won,” declared the manager. “I have the feeling that this match can help us a lot in the face of what is coming.
“It’s very big because we were losing and now we will face Saturday’s game with another sensation, of having come back from two goals in the last minutes.”
This should be another close encounter and Barca’s last nine wins over Atletico have all come by a single-goal margin.
Looking at the Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid odds, there is obvious appeal in 13/5 for the same thing to happen here.
A Look At Atletico Madrid’s Betting Odds
Atletico also left it late before asserting their authority over Girona in a 2-0 victory at Wanda Metropolitano.
Koke hit the crossbar with the hosts’ best effort of the first half but it took until the 76th minute for them to break the deadlock through defender Diego Godin’s close-range header.
Antoine Griezmann’s 19th goal of the season deep into added time then wrapped up a sixth win in seven La Liga fixtures.
However, Los Colchoneros have come up short in some big matches of late, including when being knocked out of the Champions League by a 3-0 defeat at Juventus.
Diego Simeone’s side also lost away to Athletic Bilbao last month and were beaten 3-1 by city rivals Real back in February.
The visitors have lost 2-1 five times in the last 11 renewals of this fixture and 31/4 for that to be the scoreline once more completes our Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid betting tips.
Villarreal 4-4 BARCELONA – Philippe Coutinho, Malcom, Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi
ATLETICO MADRID 2-0 Girona – Diego Godin, Antoine Griezmann
Head-to-head: Atletico 1-1 Barcelona, Barcelona 1-0 Atletico, Atletico 1-1 Barcelona, Atletico 1-2 Barcelona, Barcelona 2-1 Atletico
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