Bet On Atletico Madrid v Barcelona

If you’d been told before the season began that Atletico Madrid would be third in La Liga at this stage, then you would have expected Real Madrid and Barcelona to be sitting above the Mattress Makers in the table, although it’s actually Sociedad and Villarreal who are first and second in the standings, with Atleti sitting close behind.

Diego Simeone will be deeply satisfied with the way that his team have begun the season considering they have amassed seventeen points from just seven games played and that means two in hand on the teams above them, while Atletico are a point better off than city rivals Real and six clear of upcoming opponents Barcelona.

Can Atletico Make a Move Towards La Liga Title?

It was the 2013-14 season where Atletico Madrid upset the applecart by claiming the Spanish La Liga title and this could be the campaign where they take advantage of the upheaval and chaos by landing the domestic spoils, with this match representing an opportunity to put lots of daylight between themselves and Barcelona.

Atletico are a best price 15/8 to win this clash at the Wanda Metropolitano, with Simeone’s side having won three and drawn one of their four games on home soil and they have scored twelve goals compared to just one being conceded.

Anyone who knows Simeone won’t be surprised by this defensive stubbornness and these smart results are now being achieved without the likes of Diego Godin and Antoine Griezmann, although Jan Oblak is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and there is plenty to like about an attacking front line that includes Joao Felix and Luis Suarez.

Koke and Saul Niguez remain the reliable midfield generals for Atleti and it will be interesting to see if they can get the better of a Barcelona team who have blown hot and cold since the new season began.

Barcelona 8/5 to Win at Wanda Metropolitano

Barca might have won their last match emphatically when beating Real Betis 5-2, although the Catalan side have already dropped ten points in La Liga this season and that is a lot for a team who have only played seven domestic matches.

Everything was looking rosy for Quique Setien’s side after big wins over Villarreal and Celta Vigo, although Sevilla were then able to claim a 1-1 draw at the Nou Camp before Getafe were able to beat Barca 1-0 and their cloak of invincibility continues to be missing.

This match will see Antoine Griezmann line up against his former club and the Frenchman has scored in successive La Liga matches after having endured a troubled start to life at Barca, while Ousmane Dembele is also getting the chance to shine and there’s the obvious goal threat posed by the evergreen Lionel Messi.

What Are the Best Bets for This Match?

There has been a stark contrast between Barcelona’s home and away form this season, with seventeen goals being scored in Barca’s four matches at the Nou Camp compared to six goals in three away games.

Therefore, the visitors will head to the Wanda Metropolitano in a mood to be defensively stubborn, especially as they’ll be facing former Barcelona striker Luis Suarez and we can be certain that Atletico will not want this to become a scoring contest.

The 4/5 about Under 2.5 Goals makes plenty of appeal and we think that this will be a cagey match which could be decided by a single goal. You could actually do worse than bet on both Atletico and Barcelona to win by a 1-0 scoreline, with the former available at 17/2 compared to the 8/1 about the latter triumphing by this scoreline.

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