On Saturday, Liga Santander leaders Barcelona will visit Atlético Madrid’s new stadium, the Wanda Metropolitano, for the marquee matchup of the weekend. After a disappointing draw against Leganés, this might be los colchoneros’ best opportunity to regain momentum.
Before the Leganés fixture, Atlético had been in great form in the league, having won three on the trot. Despite the 0-0 draw last time out, expect to see much of the same lineup against Barcelona.
For more information on the potential lineup, check out this piece, where Into the Calderon’s Jeremy Beren predicts Thomas Partey over Gabi for this upcoming matchup:
Thomas’ improvement as a distributor could really come in handy when Atleti are afforded the opportunity to counter. Winning the ball and moving it up the pitch quickly are critical components of any game plan to beat Barça — Thomas can do both.
Lucas Hernandéz could slot in over his fellow center-back Stefan Savić, and if he does it will be mostly due to his pace. The Frenchman is back in training after he missed the Leganés draw with a mild hamstring strain.
The match itself is tough to predict. There’s no question Atlético will have to dig deeper than usual to pull out an impressive win — on their day, Barcelona are as close to unstoppable as it gets.
D: Juanfran, Savić, Godín, Vrsaljko
M: Koke, Thomas, Saúl, Carrasco
F: Griezmann, Correa
1-0 Atlético win.
How to Watch:
Location: Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain
Kick off time: 7:45 p.m. CEST, 2:45 p.m. EST, 11:45 a.m. PST
SB Nation opposition blog: Barça Blaugranes
Available TV/streaming: Movistar +, beIN LaLiga (Spain), Sky Sports Football (UK), beIN Sports en Español, beIN Sports USA (US)
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