June 13, 2024

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Atlético Madrid vs Barcelona, La Liga: Team News, Match Preview

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Following a commanding 3-1 victory over Napoli in the midweek knockout stage of the UEFA Champions League, Barcelona, fueled by the impressive performances of youngsters Pau Cubarsi and Lamine Yamal, who shone in defense and attack, respectively, are riding high as they return to La Liga action on Sunday, March 17, 2024.

Xavi’s squad will square off against Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid at the Civitas Metropolitano stadium, with both teams having secured spots in the Champions League quarter finals. Barcelona currently sits 3rd in the La Liga table with 61 points, while Atletico occupies the 5th spot with 55 points.

In their previous five encounters, Barcelona has triumphed over Atletico Madrid four times, with Atletico securing victory once. Barcelona boasts an unbeaten streak of nine matches across all competitions, clinching a 1-0 win against Mallorca last weekend courtesy of a goal from Lamine Yamal. Conversely, Atletico suffered a 2-0 defeat to Cadiz in La Liga.

Frenkie de Jong, Pedri, Gavi, and Alejandro Balde remain sidelined due to injuries, while Ferran Torres and Cancelo are unavailable against Atletico Madrid due to physical issues.

16-year-old Lamine Yamal and 17-year-old Pau Cubarsi have earned spots in the latest Spain squad and are expected to feature in the starting lineup on Sunday, showcasing their exceptional form.

João Felix is anticipated to start against  Atletico Madrid in today’s match.

As for our prediction: Atletico Madrid 1-1 Barcelona. Despite Barcelona’s recent dominance over Atletico, including three consecutive 1-0 victories, we foresee a tightly contested match resulting in a draw, as both teams vie for crucial points.

While the encounter promises excitement, Barcelona aims to secure victory to narrow the gap with table-toppers Real Madrid. 

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