The top sides in Spain meet in an eagerly awaited clash, as Barcelona host Atletico Madrid at the Nou Camp on Saturday, kicking off at 8:45pm local time. There is 8 points between the two sides with 24 to play for, but the visitors can keep their title hopes alive with a win here.

Home Team: Barcelona

Barcelona were involved in a frantic match against Villarreal on Tuesday, in a game mixed of emotions, as they saw a 2-0 lead slip drastically, and then also rescued the game with an unbelievable comeback in the final moments of the game. Lionel Messi was rested due to slight injury concerns, but his team didn’t seem to miss him as Phillipe Coutinho and Malcom saw them go 2-0 up in 16 minutes. Then, Villarreal produced a stunning performance, as they look set for a famous victory as they went 4-2 up with just minutes left on the clock.

Lionel Messi then came on and scored a sensational free kick in minute 90, before Luis Suarez scored from the last kick in the game. That type of spirit is championship quality, and although their winning streak has ended, they are still unbeatable for quite some time as they head into a few weeks of critical fixtures. I doubt Lionel Messi will be rested on Saturday, despite Barcelona’s upcoming match against Barcelona.

Away Team: Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid’s season took a turn for the worse in the space of four days in March, as they saw themselves get eliminated from the Champions League following a 3-0 drubbing to Juventus, and couldn’t bounce back as they then immediately lost to Athletic Bilbao in the league. Their league aspirations were given a huge dent that day, and even though they are above a mediocre Real Madrid, they’ll be disappointed they are not closer to Barcelona.

Nonetheless, Atletico Madrid were able to register a hard-fought victory against Girona on Tuesday evening, with the departing Diego Godin, and Antoine Griezmann scoring in a 2-0 win. The gap is now 8 points, so a rare win for Atletico here will reduce it to 5 points, making the final 7 matches a lot more intriguing for the neutral.

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Head to Head

Atletico Madrid seem to have Barcelona’s number in their Champions League meetings, but in the league, they cannot buy a victory against them in the league. Barcelona haven’t lost to Atletico Madrid in La Liga since 2010. Even in Atletico Madrid’s title winning season in 2013/2014, they couldn’t muster a win against Barcelona.

In the reverse fixture, they came so close, but conceded a last minute goal to Ousmane Dembele who rescued a 1-1 draw for the visitors. Barcelona have been the far better side in this fixture over recent seasons, and even more so at home. At the Nou Camp, Barcelona have won 10 of the last 12, with the other two being draws – they haven’t lost at home to Atletico Madrid since 2006. on facebook Follow to get instant Free regular Expert betting tips Follow Us

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Predictions and Expert betting tips

[geot exclude_country=”US,CA” ]bet now betting on football[/geot] Barcelona are strong favourites at 4/5 to get the victory here, with Atletico Madrid priced at 16/5. For the sides to cancel each other out, that is at 13/5. Barcelona may not want to exert too much energy with a huge Champions League quarter final to come, so with that in mind, I fancy Atletico Madrid to get a draw here. It was 1-1 when the sides previously met, and I anticipate the same outcome, which is at 6/1.

[geot country=”US,CA” ]bet now betting on football[/geot] Lionel Messi is scoring free kicks on a weekly basis, let alone just regular goals, so backing him to score at any time at 8/13 is looking like a dead cert. However, to boost earnings, I’d back Antoine Griezmann to score first for the visitors (6/1), and Phillipe Coutinho to score at any time (11/10). Finally, I don’t expect there to be too many goals here, so you could be brave and back there to be less than 1.5 goals, at a generous 11/4. on facebook Follow to get instant Free regular Expert betting tips Follow Us

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