Barcelona hosts Atletico Madrid in the Catalan capital in a huge derby from the 15th round of La Liga. Now it’s the time to look at this fixture in our in-play soccer betting predictions and tips. Here we go!
Barcelona will have to fix the mistake they did in the previous round – 1-1 against Rayo Vallecano away from home. Because of this mistake, Barca fell to 4th place in the league standings – they were overtaken by their next opponent Atletico Madrid. The head coach Xavi received a lot of criticism after the match, but for now the president Joan Laporta trusts him to continue with the project.
During the week Barcelona officially reached the Champions League 1/8-finals after a 2-1 win against Porto at home. Two of the summer signings scored for Barca – Joao Cancelo and Joao Felix. Meanwhile Christensen, Lamal and Balde started from the bench, but they could be starting against Atletico on Sunday.
Atletico Madrid are now third in the league after winning four of their last five matches in La Liga. Last week Atleti faced Mallorca at home and it wasn’t easy, but they enjoyed a 1-0 win at the Wanda Metropolitano. Who else, but Antoine Griezmann? The French star scored the only goal in the game in the second half. Hermoso provided the assist.
Atletico’s head coach Diego Simeone could make rotations against Barca. Stefan Savic and Rodrigo De Paul started from the bench against Mallorca, but they could face Barcelona from the first minute. Meanwhile the good news come from the return of Memphis Depay – Barca’s ex-player is now recovered from his latest injury.
That’s the in-play soccer betting predictions and tips for the La Liga clash between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid. Just as always, we expect a great spectacle between these two Spanish giants. We wish you good luck!