The weekend is upon us and it’s time for another La Liga match. This one can only be hectic and tough, as FC Barcelona travels to Madrid to play Atlético Madrid for the 3rd time in February. With Real Madrid’s loss in midweek against Valencia, it’s time for Barça to finally close the gap and smell 1st position, although Real Madrid has one match in advantage still.
Kickoff is on Sunday at 4.15pm CET at the Estadio Vicente Calderón. In the Copa del Rey semis Barça ended with the upper hand after two very intense matches, and with, let’s be honest, some luck. Atlético will sure look to avenge this.
After a quite weak ending to January, Atlético are now without a loss in their last 8 La Liga matches and are fighting to keep up with Sevilla in 3rd place for the direct Champions League spot. This midweek the team took a solid 4-2 win against Leverkusen in the Champions League, and the team is performing very well right now.
Barça is currently struggling at this point of the season. The play isn’t working and many players are not performing. Last weekend was a lucky 2-1 win at home against Leganes and also the recent 4-0 loss to PSG is still hurting culés. So we’re in for quite a match!
Barcelona last match:
Starting XI: ter Stegen – Digne (Alba 81′), Umtiti, Mathieu, Roberto – Rakitic, Gomes (Iniesta 80′), Rafinha (D. Suarez 80′) – Neymar, Suarez, Messi.
Result: 2-1 win against Leganes, goal by Messi (4′, 90’)
Barcelona last 5 matches: W-L-W-D-W
Atlético Madrid last match:
Starting XI: Moya – Vrsaljko, Gimenez, Savic, Luis – Koke, Gabi, Saul, Carrasco (Torres 78′) – Gameiro (Thomas 71′), Griezmann (Correa 78′).
Result: 4-2 win against Leverkusen
Atletico Madrid last 5 matches: W-W-W-D-W
Barcelona will miss Mascherano and Vidal to injuries. At this point, Arda Turan is doubtful for the match with a groin injury.
Atlético’s defense is hurt much, as they will miss Juanfran and probably also Godin. Other than these two, Barragan and Fernandez are still out.
Full match squads are yet to be announced.
We always believe in the team. Barça will take another 2-1 win at the Estadio Vicente Calderón. And for all you lucky folks that get to be in Spain for what’s sure to be a great game, the site TIcket Liquidator is worth checking out. Here’s where you can buy tickets for this game.