As the drama of the January transfer window fizzles out, La Liga makes a return to our screens with fifth-placed Barcelona going up against fourth-placed Atletico Madrid. With all but one point separating the two this encounter promises to be an interesting viewing come Sunday.
BARCELONA VS ATLETICO MADRID: BETTING TIPS
After a surprisingly productive January transfer window, the Blaugrana have increased their firing line as the likes of Adama Traore and Aubameyang join their now bolstered squad. Both players haven’t enjoyed the best of times with their former employers, but both are determined to forge a name for themselves in the Catalan club’s new era.
Head coach Xavi has managed to grind out results in recent games. 1-0 victories against Alaves and Real Mallorca have helped elevate his squad to a respectable fifth place after a very disappointing start to the campaign. The players seem to have responded positively to the changes implemented after Ronald Koeman’s departure, as it was well documented that players were simply not buying into the ideas and instructions that the dutchman advocated.
Recent cup eliminations from both the Super Cup and the Copa Del Rey has left the squad with just the Europa League as the only pathway for silverware this season. The main focus for the team is to get into the top four and be amongst the elite clubs of Europe in the Champions League next season – and what better way to start than a home win against rivals Atletico Madrid.
Los Colchoneros have also added to their squad with new signings in the form of Daniel Wass and Reinildo Mandava from Valencia and Lille, respectively. Recent fixtures have been positive in the league. Still, a disappointing Copa Del Rey exit against Real Sociedad and Spanish Super Cup defeat against Athletic Bilbao has left the fans wanting more from their side. As La Liga leaders Real Madrid continue to top the table, Atletico Madrid may need to reluctantly shift their focus onto the Champions League if they’d like to get their hands on a piece of silverware and take down Manchester United in the Round of 16.
Angel Correa has been the catalyst for the positive results that the team achieved, netting four times in the last four games. The Argentine has helped his team by coming off the bench to score and gift his side a late win against Valencia after trailing in the game up until the 91st minute.
Diego Simeone has built his legacy with Atletico by setting up his team up to be strong defensively and strike on the counter-attack, which has helped them achieve great success during his tenure with the club. Recently such methods have been questioned by the clubs faithful. The defence has proved to be their weak point this season as they conceded the second-most goals in the top half of the league.
BARCELONA VS ATLETICO MADRID: LA LIGA BETTING ODDS
We are also offering 1/4 (1.80), for both teams to score in the match.
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