Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid
Spain – La Liga
Date: Sunday, 6 February 2022
Kick-off at 15:15 UK/ 16:15 CET
Venue: Camp Nou.
The arrival of Xavi has certainly brought some much-needed changes to Barcelona, but they are still a long way from the dominant squad they used to be. The team is placed fifth in the table at the moment, and they are already taking part in the Europa League this season.
It’s absolutely imperative for the club’s pride and finance, that they do not fail to qualify for the next edition of the Champions League – for which a top-four finish is needed.
As of now, defending champions Atleti sit in the fourth position, and as these two are taking on each other at the Nou Camp this Sunday, sparks are sure to fly.
Apart from the intense rivalry these two share, the result of this fixture will also be important for the top-four race. Currently the two teams are separated by a single point in the fourth and fifth spots.
Expect goals to come from either side of the pitch, as the two squads will try to shred each other to pieces this weekend.
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last ten overall wins were evenly split into five each for either squad.
- Two of the past four meetings had ended in draws.
- It’s been 22 years since Atleti have recorded a win at this venue.
- The latest encounter at this stadium had ended in a goalless draw.
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid Prediction & Analysis
Barca managed a 0-1 win on the road the last match-day, against Alaves. They are also on a ten-game unbeaten run. Though they were eliminated from the Super Cup and the Copa del Rey in the process, these two matches had gone into extra time.
It also needs to noted that only once have Xavi’s men failed to find the back of the net in a league game this whole season.
On the other hand, Atleti registered a 3-2 win at home the past game week, against Valencia. They were also unbeaten in four of their past six fixtures, and they have failed to find the back of the net just four times in their previous 22 match-ups.
Finally, these two have a fierce rivalry going on between them, and now they take on each other in a crucial game, which could determine their chances to make it to the CL next season. Count on both to give their best efforts, and to find the back of the net at least once.
Key Stats for Betting
- Since the loss against Bayern Munich in the Champions League in the first week of December, the Catalans have managed to stay unbeaten.
- Diego Simeone’s men have kept a total of just two clean sheets from their last 13 fixtures.