Barcelona will be looking to extend their lead at the top of the La Liga table when they make the trip to the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano to take on Atletico Madrid on Saturday night. Atletico Madrid fought back from one-goal down to secure a 3-2 home win against Athletic Bilbao last weekend thanks to goals from Thomas, Rodrigo and Diego Godin. Barcelona, on the other hand, have suffered an unexpected 3-4 home loss against Betis, with their goals being scored by Leo Messi and Arturo Vidal. Follow all our predictions, odds, free bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Atletico Madrid’s form over the past two months has been near perfect, as they have lost just once in 14 competitive games. Los Colchoneros are currently on a five-game unbeaten run across all competitions, winning four in the process. They managed a 2-0 home win against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League two weeks ago and followed this up with a 3-2 home victory against Athletic Bilbao in La Liga in the previous round.
Barcelona, on the contrary, have struggled for form of late, as after a 1-1 draw against Inter in the Champions League, they have lost 3-4 at home against Betis in La Liga. They still sit at the top of the league table, but they now have just one more point than the second-placed Sevilla and their Saturday’s opponents Atletico Madrid. The positive fact is that Barca are unbeaten in five competitive trips at the moment, winning three in the process.
Although Barcelona looked poor in the previous La Liga round, they should feel confident ahead of this tie as they hold a strong head-to-head record against Atletico Madrid. Our betting tips and predictions expect Barcelona to win at odds 2.30.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Barcelona to win at odds 2.30[/bet_tip_now]
Atletico Madrid are on an eight-game unbeaten streak on home soil, winning seven in this term. However, Diego Simeone’s men have lost three of their last five home meetings with Barcelona across all competitions. Meanwhile, Barca have only lost once in their last eight competitive trips. Our preview would back Barcelona to win at odds 2.30.
Atletico Madrid to win at odds 3.20
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona Draw at odds 3.30
Barcelona to win at odds 2.30
Correct Score odds
We are expecting goals at both ends in this one, as Barca showed their defensive vulnerabilities last weekend. Atletico Madrid, on the flip side, have been pretty solid at the back throughout this La Liga campaign, but they have also conceded twice against Bilbao last time out in La liga. Our correct score prediction anticipate Barcelona to win 2-1 at odds 9.00.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct score prediction:”]Barcelona to win 2-1 at odds 9.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Both sides have been involved in high-scoring affairs in the previous La Liga round. In addition, two of the most recent five meetings between these two teams have seen three goals scored. In addition, Barca are the league’s top scorers with 34 goals under their belts after 12 rounds. Our total goals prediction fancies over 2.5 goals at odds 2.10.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goal odds and predictions:”]Over 2.5 goals at odds 2.10[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Lionel Messi has bagged another brace last weekend and he is now the La Liga’s top scorer. He leads the goalscoring charts with nine goals and five assists and we back him to score more here. Our first goalscorer prediction is Lionel Messi at odds 4.25.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Lionel Messi at odds 4.25[/bet_tip_now]
Free bet offers
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