Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Preview, Odds, Picks

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid preview is here to help you out with your betting decisions ahead of one of potentially most decisive La Liga games. Barcelona is trailing behind Real Madrid by two points, meaning that anything but a victory against Atletico could mean the end of the title race for this team.

On the other hand, Atleti have been playing in fifth gear since Spanish soccer made its comeback after COVID-19 suspension. All of this suggests soccer fans will witness a true spectacle at Barca’s Camp Nou, albeit only on TV. No fans are going to be allowed at the largest soccer stadium in Europe.

  • When: Tuesday, 30 June
  • Where: Camp Nou in Barcelona, Spain
  • Competition: Spanish La Liga
  • Previous Meeting: 3-2 Atletico Madrid
  • Absentees: Ousmane Dembele (BRC), Sergi Roberto (BRC), Frenkie de Jong (BRC); Mario Hermoso (ATM), Sime Vrsaljko (ATM).

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Odds

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Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Preview

Messi and the boys haven’t been too impressive since soccer returned to Spain. They did beat Mallorca by 4-0 in the first game they played after the lockdown, but since, Barca drew two out of four games. The reigning La Liga champion dropped points against Sevilla (0-0) and Celta (2-2).

This may not sound too horrible, but the problem is that Barca’s main title rival, Real Madrid, has been fabulous since the restart. Los Blancos have won every single game, which lifted them up to the first place in La Liga table.

As a result, Barcelona is now two points behind Real Madrid, with six more rounds left to be played. One of those rounds is happening this week, and Barca’s opponent is the team from the third place.

What this means is that if Barcelona fails to win this game, this team’s chances for winning another title are going to go down drastically.

H2H Stats Going in Barca’s Favor

Even though Barcelona did lose the previous meeting with Atletico Madrid, the head-to-head stats go in favor of the team from Catalonia.

The defeat in question happened in January this year when the two played in Spanish Super Cup. Before that, Barca had a streak of nine games against Atleti without a defeat.

Pretty much the same players who were involved in those games are still in the squad, most importantly, Lionel Messi.

The Messiah seems to love playing against this team. Throughout his career, he played against Atletico Madrid on 40 occasions, scoring 31 goals along the way, as well as made eight assists.  

Atletico’s Unbreakable Wall

Atletico’s city-rival, Real Madrid, is the only club in La Liga with a fewer number of conceded goals. In 32 league games, Atleti have allowed only 23 goals. In comparison, Barcelona has conceded 33.

Furthermore, it seems that Atletico Madrid’s defenders (and the goalkeeper) perform the best when playing against the toughest opponents. In the Champions League, for example, this team managed to knock-out Liverpool, thanks to marvelous performance at the back.

Considering that Barcelona hasn’t been playing very well attacking-wise, it’s going to be very hard for Messi and his teammates to find the net on Tuesday evening.

Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Prediction

The odds offered by top soccer bookmakers like suggest that Barcelona is a big favorite in this game. Sure, this team needs a victory more than anything, but Atleti should not be underestimated, especially given how good they’ve been playing in the last couple of weeks.

For this reason, a draw seems like a very plausible outcome.

Pick: Draw