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Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid: Hosts to shade title tussle

Kick-off: 1515, 08/05/2021

Stadium: Nou Camp

TV: LaligaTV

Barcelona can leapfrog Atletico Madrid at the top of La Liga as a thrilling three-way title race looks set to go right down to the wire.

Both of these teams and Real Madrid have been far from convincing of late but Barca’s big guns are at least firing and can help the Catalan giants to strike a blow here.

We’re going with a home win at 4/5 for our first Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid prediction.

A Look At Barcelona’s Betting Odds

Barcelona lost to Real Madrid and Granada last month but came through a tricky test when prevailing 3-2 at Valencia to get back on track.

The irrepressible Lionel Messi bagged a brace at the Mestalla to take his tally in Spain’s top flight to 28 this term, seven more than nearest rival Karim Benzema in the Golden Boot race.

Messi made it a half-century of successful strikes from free-kicks for Barca during that game, having notched his first versus Atletico at the Nou Camp way back in 2008.

It is hardly surprising to see the Argentina ace at the head of the first scorer betting on 23/10 but Antoine Griezmann may represent more value in this market after also netting versus Valencia.

The 30-year-old has had to endure mixed fortunes since switching from Los Colchoneros for £107million two years ago but is currently in cracking form.

A run of five goals in as many games has contributed to a record of 14 scores and nine assists since the turn of the year.

Looking at the Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid odds, we like 4/1 for the France forward to break the deadlock.

A Look At Atletico Madrid’s Betting Odds

Atletico looked to be in total control at the summit following five straight league wins in January but have faltered badly since then.

Diego Simeone’s side have dropped points in over half of their 15 subsequent fixtures in this competition, including away defeats against Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao in April.

Marcos Llorente’s 23rd-minute strike proved enough to earn them a 1-0 victory at Elche last weekend but that was another nervous display versus the second-from-bottom outfit.

Atletico were admittedly the better team at Estadio Manuel Martinez Valero but had to survive a late scare when Elche hit the post with a stoppage-time penalty.

Only once in the last 12 meetings between these sides has there been more than one goal in it, so it is hard to predict a blow-out.

However, we are keen to take Los Colchoneros on and 11/4 for a home win by the narrowest of margins is added to our Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid betting tips, along with 15/2 for a 2-1 scoreline.

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Last result:

Valencia 2-3 BARCELONA – Lionel Messi (2), Antoine Griezmann

Elche 0-1 ATLETICO MADRID – Marcos Llorente

Head-to-head: Atletico 1-0 Barcelona, Barcelona 2-2 Atletico, Barcelona 2-3 Atletico, Atletico 0-1 Barcelona, Barcelona 2-0 Atletico

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