Despite a big difference, the encounter between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid on the weekend deserves to be called the La Liga “final” this season.
This season, La Liga still witnessed the double-digit race but the opponent is no longer Barca and Real Madrid. Instead, Atletico emerged and with Barca created an interesting race. After 30 rounds, Barca only has 8 points more than the opponent and this has not yet confirmed anything when the season still has 8 rounds to finish. Remember, this confrontation is a 6 point match and it may be the turning point of the season. If Barca wins, La Liga is almost over. If Barca loses, the race continues and becomes more intense than ever.
However, Atletico has a little more benefit because it does not entail a schedule too thick as Barca. Remember, Barca just have to compete with Atletico, just to pay attention to Man United. Only after 3 days, Barca will have to fly to Manchester to conduct the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals. Only about 4 days to play 2 most important matches of the season, that is a tremendous pressure on Messi and his teammates.
With 8 points and 8 matches remaining in hand, Atletico Madrid is still persistently pursuing Barcelona in La Liga this season
Atletico has won 3 points relatively leisurely away from Girona. But at the same time, they also suffered a massive blow before that with a bitter elimination from the Champions League with a 3-0 defeat to Juventus. Diego Simeone’s squad also lost to Athletic Bilbao last month, and were defeated 3-1 by Real City rivals in February.
Barca’s preparation for this match was also not good when they were just missing on Villarreal’s field. It is hard to believe that the Yellow Submarine can make Barca score 4 goals but still cannot win. The truth is so, Barca is now no longer invincible when only won the last 2/6 matches in Asia.
In addition, Barca does not have a good record against the Atletico. Remember, in the last 7 confrontations, Barca won only 2 times according to Asia. At home, it is worse, Barca only won 2 out of 10 matches against Asia. Therefore, trusting the visitors in this match is very reasonable.
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Odds Over/Under:1.89 * 2.5 * 2.01
Although this is a battle between the top attacking superstars in the world, but both teams also possess defensive players “not medium”, the battle between the two teams at the end will probably bring a pace not too high and tactical requirements must always be first.
In the last 3 rounds, L. Messi has a nice goal from the free kick. The players of Atletico Madrid’s defensive line need to limit to the maximum the mistakes outside the 16m50 round. With the odds of 2.5, Gogbetsg.com said this match would be light for Under door
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First half odd bet:1.96 * 0.25 * 1.90
Given the importance of this match, no team would dare to play high in the first place, even if it was a mighty Barcelona. The duo L. Messi and L. Suarez are reaching a high level and they promise to create difficulties for D. Godin and his teammates. It is not difficult to figure out which game Atletico Madrid will apply is counter-defensive, one too familiar D. Simeone will apply every time against big teams. With a speed not too high, the first 45 minutes can hardly be scored.
First half odds over/under bet:
– Barcelona (4-3-3): Stegen; Alba, Lenglet, Pique, Semedo; Arthur, Busquets, Rakitic; Coutinho, Suarez, Messi.
– Atletico Madrid (4-4-2): Oblak; Niguez, Godin, Gimenez, Juanfran; Lemar, Partey, Koke, Griezmann; Morata, Costa
Prediction Full Time : Barcelona 1-1 Atletico Madrid (Choose Atletico Madrid and Under)