Atlético Madrid and FC Barcelona will face off Sunday at Wanda Metropolitano in a clash of title contenders.
Diego Simeone’s team has not been excelling lately, with only one win in their last five fixtures. Their inability to score has been notorious this year, and adding to that, their defense is not top notch like in previous Simeone’s years. However, against Barcelona, they always come up with a very good strategy to stop their ball movement and most importantly, Lionel Messi. With João Félix back in the mix, the Portuguese could add some much needed creativity in Atletico’s attack along Alvaro Morata and Vitolo. They’re unbeaten at Wanda Metropolitano for La Liga (10 wins and 4 draws), but Barcelona could pose a serious challenge to their record, as their defensive lineup is still up for grabs, with Gimenez and Savic both questionable. Diego Costa is the main absence for the Colchoneros.
FC Barcelona arrive at this game in a nice moment, winning 8 of their last 10 fixtures. It seems that after a bad start for Valverde and his squad, they’re back on track and already lead the league with 28 points. Although their form has improved, Barcelona is still shaky when playing away from home. They have the same number of wins as losses for La Liga when they don’t play at Camp Nou, a worrisome statistic that they’ll try to change Sunday night. Luis Suárez is the main performer for Barça away from home, scoring at least a goal in their last five La Liga away matches. Jordi Alba, Nelson Semedo, Dembele and Sergio Busquets are key absences for Valverde.
Barcelona clearly has the better squad of the two teams, but they always seem to struggle when facing Atlético away from home.
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