Leaders Barcelona will host 2nd place Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou on the 27th jague of La Liga 2017/18 on Sunday (04/3). This gran partido alias big match is very crucial.
Barcelona now has 66 points at the top, while Atletico stalks with 61 points.
If it wins, Ernesto Valverde’s troops can stay away with an eight-point net advantage. Meanwhile, for foster children Diego Simeone, this is an opportunity to get close and cut the distance to just two points.
Barcelona can focus fully on this match, because the schedule against Chelsea in the Champions League is still a week away. Atletico instead. Atletico is expected to play against Lokomotiv Moscow in the Europa League, but that’s the business later. Now, they will concentrate on Barcelona.
Barcelona just failed to win at home to Las Palmas. Had a winning lead through Lionel Messi free kick, Barcelona had to settle for one point after Las Palmas evened the score through a penalty Jonathan Calleri.
Speaking of performance, Atletico is better. Finally, Atletico massacre Leganes 4-0. Atletico’s fourth goal in the game was driven by Antoine Griezmann, while Diego Costa contributed one assist.
With that result, means Atletico always win in his last six games in La Liga (eight in all competitions).
At the first meeting in La Liga this season, Atletico and Barcelona drew 1-1 at Wanda Metropolitano. In the match jornada 8, Atletico winning through Saul Niguez and Barcelona reply through Luis Suarez.
This time there is also the possibility of them going back to share the numbers.
PLAYER PLAY ESTIMATION
The following estimates of US starting XI.
Barcelona (4-4-2): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Dembele, Rakitic, Busquets, Coutinho; Messi, Suarez.
Info skuat: Nelson Semedo (injured).
Atletico (4-4-2): Oblak; Juanfran, Gimenez, Godin, Filipe Luis; Koke, Thomas Partey, Saul, Correa; Griezmann, Diego Costa.
Info skuat: Lucas Hernandez (injured).
HEAD TO HEAD (6 LAST MEETINGS)
15-10-2017 Atletico 1-1 Barcelona (La Liga)
26-02-2017 Atletico 1-2 Barcelona (La Liga)
08-02-2017 Barcelona 1-1 Atletico (Copa del Rey)
02-02-2017 Atletico 1-2 Barcelona (Copa del Rey)
22-09-2016 Barcelona 1-1 Atletico (La Liga)
14-04-2016 Atletico 2-0 Barcelona (La Liga).
5 LAST GAME BARCELONA
11-02-2018 Barcelona 0-0 Getafe (La Liga)
17-02-2018 Eibar 0-2 Barcelona (La Liga)
21-02-2018 Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona (UCL)
25-02-2018 Barcelona 6-1 Girona (La Liga)
02-03-2018 Las Palmas 1-1 Barcelona (La Liga).
5 LAST GAME ATLETICO
16-02-2018 Copenhagen 1-4 Atletico (UEL)
18-02-2018 Atletico 2-0 Bilbao (La Liga)
23-02-2018 Atletico 1-0 Copenhagen (UEL)
26-02-2018 Sevilla 2-5 Atletico (La Liga)
01-03-2018 Atletico 4-0 Leganes (La Liga).
Atletico scored 16 goals in his last five games in all competitions, and always came out as the winner. They are in the best condition for this match.
Meanwhile, Barcelona always scored two or more goals in 23 of its last 24 home games in La Liga.
Both teams share a promising offensive game. Balance can be the most fair result.