FC Barcelona face Atletico de Madrid at Camp Nou on Sunday at 15:15 (GMT+1). They hope to regain winning ways after two consecutive draws against them, starting off their campaign at the Camp Nou Stadium at 15:15 (GMT+1).
Barcelona Look to Reclaim Winning Ways Against Atletico Madrid with Christensen and Roberto Ruled Out
Last weekend, Barcelona were only good enough for one point after playing out a goalless draw against Getafe. Thanks to consecutive draws – WWWDD – Barcelona have managed to stay at the top of La Liga table, eleven points ahead of second-placed Real Madrid with 73 points from 23 wins, 4 draws and two losses. On Sunday, Barcelona are looking to recapture their winning ways against Atletico Madrid at home in La Liga. After failing to secure victory in any of their previous four fixtures against them [0W, 2D, 2L], their last two wins against Atletico have come on home soil [Won 2 of Last 4] [Won two last two, lost two first four]. Barca could record consecutive victories over the Mattress Makers for the first time since 2015/16 with victory in this matchup; however, they have failed to score in three out of their previous four matches across all competitions. On Sunday, they’ll aim to end a three-game winless streak when making their 30th league appearance of the season. Expected attacking lineup of Robert Lewandowski, Ansu Fati, and Raphinha in Xavi’s 4–3–3 formation. Andreas Christensen and Sergi Roberto have both been ruled out due to calf injuries. Frenkie de Jong, Pedri, and Ousmane Dembele appear close to making a comeback as they participated in training at Barcelona’s Tito Vilanova pitch alongside the rest of their squad.
Atletico Madrid Streak to 13 Games Unbeaten in La Liga, Ready for Top-of-the-Table Matchup This Weekend
Atletico Madrid extended their streak of five straight victories to five, as evidenced by their 2-1 triumph against Almeria last weekend. As such, Atletico now hold 60 points [18W, 6D, and 5L], two fewer than second-placed Real Madrid who currently boast 62. Mattress Makers head into this weekend with six straight wins; in reality, however, Atletico de Madrid have managed a remarkable 13-game unbeaten streak and are leading La Liga by scoring the most opening goals this season. Diego Simeone could use Alvaro Morata and Antoine Griezmann as the attacking duo on Sunday’s top-of-the-table matchup for maximum effect. Should Alvaro Morata appear, this weekend would mark his 100th game with the club. Antoine Griezmann remains top scorer in La Liga this season with 11 goals and 8 assists, while Memphis Depay could come off the bench. Reinildo Mandava will not feature, while Reinildo Mandava remains out injured; either Memphis could make a cameo appearance.