Preview - Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid 4 March

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Mar 04, 2018, 03:32 PM Last Edit: Mar 05, 2018, 02:16 AM by aaguerra90
Match Day 27
Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid
Sunday, March 4th, 2018
23:15 (GMT +8)
Stadium: Camp Nou

Last five matches: D W D W D
Average goals per match: 2.7
Average goals against per match: 0.5
Top Scorer: Lionel Messi (20)
Atletico Madrid: 
Last five matches: W W W W W
Average goals per match: 1.7
Average goals against per match: 0.4
Top Scorer: Antoine Griezmann (15)

One of the biggest matches in La Liga this season may be the biggest in all of Europe this fixture. Barcelona seemed to have the title locked up, but recent results have allowed for Atletico Madrid to cut their deficit to five points, with the possibility of reducing it to two with a victory over the Catalans on Sunday. Atleti have been in fantastic form lately, but most impressive is the fact that they have scored nine goals in two matches, with Diego Costa and Antoine Griezmann firing on all cylinders.

Griezmann has scored hat tricks in the past two match days, including all four goals versus Leganes in midweek. Rumors of him joining Barcelona haven't phased him at all, and he's proving to the Barca board that this match will be harder than any other they have played this season.

Barcelona played wonderful football versus Girona last weekend but failed to produce that quality against Las Palmas in midweek. Lionel Messi seems to be playing at his best, which does not bode well for Atletico Madrid since they are one of the Argentine's favorite victims. Also, their record in the Camp Nou is terrible--they haven't won there in over ten years.

Barca's starting back four will be available as Gerard Pique recovered from an injury and Jordi Alba returns from suspension. The hosts will most likely dominate possession, which will nullify Griezmann and the rest of the Atletico Madrid attack. Barcelona will remain undefeated and push the distance between them and Atleti with a victory in this match.

Prediction: Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid


Half Time: 1:0
Full Time: 1:0
Shots: 13:4
Shots on target: 7:1
Corner Kicks: 12:1
Possession: 57:43

Lionel Messi scored his 600th career goal to guide Barcelona to a 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid. The victory extends Barca's lead over the Colchoneros to eight points at the top of the league table.

Barcelona remain undefeated in La Liga this season and gave Atletico only their second loss of the year. This game marked the first time that Ernesto Valverde has defeated Diego Pablo Simeone.

Atleti allowed Barcelona to control the possession of the ball in the first half, content with playing on the break. Pilippe Coutinho had the first opportunity of the match, forcing a save from Jan Oblak at the near post.

Messi later knocked at the door of Oblak twice. The first, with a low shot after wriggling past three defenders, but the Argentine's shot was straight at the Atleti goalkeeper. Minutes later he hit a free kick into the wall.

With his second free kick of the afternoon, Messi would send the Camp Nou into ecstasy. After being fouled by Thomas Partey 25 meters out, Barca's #10 curled a beautiful shot up and over the wall and into the top corner of the net. It was a magnificent strike from the Argentine magician. Messi leads La Liga in scoring with 24 goals and is the all time leading goal scorer in the Spanish top flight. He is also the top scorer for Argentina (61) and Barcelona (539).

It wasn't all good news for Barcelona though. Valverde was forced to bring off captain Andres Iniesta in the 35th minute because of an apparent thigh injury. The Spanish midfielder signaled that he was feeling some discomfort in the 22nd minute but remained on the field. He walked gingerly and limped around the field for about 10 minutes before Valverde sent Andre Gomes in for him.

Barcelona tried to get a second before the break. Oblak twice saved shots by Coutinho and Gerard Pique saw his header go over the bar. 

Atletico Madrid knew that a loss today would most likely signify the end of their title hopes, so they came out to try and get a positive result in the second half. Simeone brought on Angel Correa in the 60th minute. Correa caused Barcelona some problems, but Atleti never really came close to finding the equalizer.

The La Liga title is now Barcelona's to lose. The Catalan's control their own fate, as they have an eight point advantage over Atletico with 11 matches remaining.

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