La Liga: All You Need To Know About Atletico Madrid Vs FC Barcelona Game
FC Barcelona will be aiming to record a tenth win on the bounce when they head to the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano to take on Atlético de Madrid on Saturday night.
The timing for Barcelona’s trip to the capital could have hardly been worse given the current political situation and the Catalan referendum crisis, but the Catalan giants will be looking forward to maintaining their focus on the football pitch and pick up all the three points.
A record of nine wins from nine matches ( including two wins in Champions League ) has seen Barcelona storm to the summit, but Atlético are also unbeaten this season ( only in La Liga ) – winning four and drawing three of their fixtures to occupy fourth position.
This weekend, the Wanda Metropolitano will host the first league match between Atletico and Barcelona. Atletico’s beautiful new home will be bouncing, and Diego Simeone’s side will need their 12th man to be in fine form as they attempt to derail Barcelona’s 100% start to the campaign.
Match Details :-
Date :- 14th October 2017 // 15th October 2017 ( in India, China, Japan, Indonesia and Australia )
Time :- 18:45 ( GMT ) // 19:45 ( CET ) // 14:45 ( ET ) // 00:15 ( IST )
Venue :- Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.
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Match Preview :-
Atlético de Madrid : Atlético have made an unbeaten start to the season, with four wins and three draws seeing them occupy fourth position in the table. But Atlético’s unbeaten start is about to face a serious test this Saturday when they host Barcelona at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano (for the first time ever).
Diego Simeone can be thrilled with his side’s defensive displays as Atleti allowed no more than four goals in seven opening fixtures being yet to lose a match in this Primera Division campaign.
They will, however, enter this match off the back of a disappointing goalless draw at Leganes before the international break.
The capital outfit also suffered a 2-1 Champions Legaue defeat to Chelsea in their last match on home soil, but have beaten Malaga and Sevilla without conceding in their last two league games in their new stadium.
Atlético started their 2017-18 campaign on a shocking note – drawing 2-2 against newly promoted Girona before thumping Las Palmas 5-1 in an empathetic fashion. They then drew at Valencia, before recording three straight wins over Malaga, Athletic Bilbao and Sevilla.
It has been a solid yet unspectacular start to the season, but Atletico are only six points behind Barcelona in the table, and currently sit one point and one spot above bitter rivals Real Madrid.
FC Barcelona : While reigning champions Real Madrid have stuttered in the early weeks of the 2017-18 La Liga campaign, Barcelona have put seven straight wins on the board to storm to the top of the table on 21 points.
Lionel Messi has been fabulous so far as he already has 11 goals to his name after seven Primera Division outings.
Questions were raised when Ernesto Valverde’s side lost 5-1 to Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup last month, but the Catalan giants have been in wonderful form since then – winning all nine of their competitive fixtures.
Barcelona have beaten Real Betis, Alaves, Espanyol, Getafe, Eibar, Girona and Las Palmas in their first seven games of the new season, but they face comfortably their biggest test thus far at Atletico’s new stadium this weekend.
Valverde’s side will enter this weekend’s match off the back of a 3-0 win over Las Palmas. Barcelona faced the possibility of forfeiting their clash with Las Palmas on October 1 amid the political unrest in Cataluyna, but ultimately the decision was made to play that match behind closed doors at Camp Nou.
There is no doubt that they face their toughest league game of the season this weekend, but another win would leave them in a very strong position at the summit.
Team News :-
Atlético de Madrid : Augusto Fernandez, Filipe Luiz and Lucas Hernandez remain out for Atletico Madrid for an indefinite period.
Lucas Hernandez is likely to return to the starting eleven for this weekend’s vital clash, after he missed Atlético’s goalless draw with Leganes before the international break with a hamstring problem.
FC Barcelona : Rafinha is out for Barcelona with a meniscus injury, while long-term absentee Ousmane Dembele will not return until January.
Arda Turan is also injured and will not face his former club. Andres Iniesta will be absent due to a hamstring problem.
Likely Line-ups :-
Atlético de Madrid :- Oblak; Gimenez, Godin, Savic, Hernandez; Koke, Saul, Gabi; Carrasco, Griezmann, Correa
FC Barcelona :- Ter Stegen; Semedo, Umtiti, Pique, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Paulinho; Deulofeu, Suarez, Messi