Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona: Match Odds, Betting Tips & Predictions

Martin Green

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 6:19 PM UTC

Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019 6:19 PM UTC

A battle of the titans looms...
<div id=":od"><div id=":oc"><div dir="ltr"><h2>Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona</h2><p><a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank"><strong>Sunday, December 1, at Wanda Metropolitano Stadium</strong></a></p><p>Atletico Madrid have gone five games without keeping a clean sheet after first-choice centre-backs Jose Gimenez and Stefan Savic both suffered injuries. They have lacked their usual defensive solidity with Mario Hermoso and Felipe at the heart of defence, and that does not bode well for the visit of Barcelona. Ernesto Valverde’s men scraped a 2-1 win against Leganes at the weekend, and that ensured they remain top of the table. They have not looked particularly convincing this season, and they often concede sloppy goals, but they still look sharp in attack.</p><h2>Team News</h2><p>Atletico will welcome key midfielders Thomas Partey and Saul Niguez back from suspension for this game, which should give the team a significant boost. Wunderkind Joao Felix has also shrugged off an injury and he came on as a substitute for Vitolo in Atletico’s 1-1 draw away at Granada on Saturday. Diego Costa faces three months on the sidelines after having neck surgery, meaning Alvaro Morata should enjoy a long run in the team. Thomas Lemar is battling Angel Correa for a place in the starting 11.</p><p><a href=";a=4417b7df-a48f-47f3-9b45-f79858bc083a&amp;f=3" target="_blank"><img alt src="" /></a></p><p>Valverde fielded all four of his superstar attackers in Barcelona’s 2-1 win against bottom club Leganes on Saturday. Luis Suarez led the line, with Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele buzzing about and interchanging behind him. It sounds like a terrifying prospect, but Barca lacked fluidity, and Valverde could well drop either Dembele or Griezmann for this game in order to beef up the midfield. Sergio Busquets is suspended, which is a real blow. Artur has been dropped, so Valverde may bring in veterans Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic to play alongside Frenkie de Jong in midfield. Barcelona have injury problems in the full-back positions too, and they look liable to concede on Sunday.</p><h2>Betting Analysis</h2><p>It is now almost a decade since Barcelona lost to Atletico Madrid in the league. That is an astonishing statistic when you consider that they have been two of the best teams in La Liga during that time. Atletico have been out of sorts in recent weeks and Barcelona could capitalise, despite their recent struggles. The draw looks like a pretty tempting option, as does Barcelona draw no bet. But the most appealing bet has to be both teams to score due to their various injury problems.</p><p><strong>Tips: <a href=";a=95095aa3-ae41-43ba-886d-99a97893c4a3&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Boyle Sports">Both teams to score at 1.84 (5/6) with Boyle Sports</a>; <a href=";a=4fd3c129-b898-4816-9a61-9f7e8f34295a&amp;f=1" rel="nofollow" target="_blank" title="Unibet">Barcelona draw no bet at 1.82 (41/50) with Unibet</a></strong></p></div></div></div>
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