Saturday, January 30, 2016

Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona - Competition: Spanish Primera Division 

Barcelona team  lead the table on goal difference and are unbeaten in 25 matches following on from their 3-1 win at Camp Nou on Wednesday in the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final tie against Athletic Bilbao to win 5-2 on aggregate. The Blaugrana have won 10 of their last 11 home matches in La Liga and have scored at least 4 goals in their last 3 games on their own turf.
Luis Enrique could have former Atlético player Arda Turan back in the squad after he missed last time out. Neymar should regularly start the match after recovering from a hamstring problem. Another who could return is Jordi Alba after missing the last three games with a hamstring problem. Pique returns after suspension, with the Spain international set to partner Javier Mascherano at centre-back.
Atletico Madrid were dumped out of the Copa del Rey by Celta Vigo in midweek. A 3-2 defeat at the Vicente Calderon ended their eight game unbeaten run in all competitions. The Colchoneros boast by far the best defensive record in la Liga BBVA, having leaked just eight goals in 21 matches. They have kept a clean sheet in 9 of their last 11 league matches.
Diego Simeone has problems as injury deprives him of Lucas, Torres. Suspension also means he is without Ángel Correa. Luciano Vietto is expected to be preferred to Jackson Martinez up front while Antoine Griezmann is surely a starter.
FC Barça are the only team to have scored more than once against Atletico and that was in their 2-1 win at the Calderon back in early September. Barcelona are the only side to have scored more than once against them and that was in their 2-1 win at the Calderon back in early September. Los Rojiblancos secured the championship two years ago with a 1-1 draw in Catalonia while last season, Barca exacted some revenged by claiming the title at the Vicente Calderon with a 1-0 win. 

Probable lineups:
FC Barcelona: Bravo – Dani Alves, Mascherano, Pique, Mathieu – Busquets, Iniesta, Rakitic – Messi, Suarez, Neymar.
Atletico Madrid: Oblak – Juanfran, Godin, Gimenez, Filipe Luis – Niguez, A. Fernandez, Gabi, Koke – Griezmann, Vietto.

Date: 30 January 2016 - Time: 15:00 GMT
Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona 

You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]


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