After dropping each of their last two UEFA Champions League matches, Atletico Madrid will be desperate to take care of business at home when they host an FC Barcelona squad that has gone unbeaten in five Champions League matches so far this season. If you’re ready to find out if Atletico Madrid can pull off the big upset at home, then let’s get to my expert soccer betting prediction right now.
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona 2019 La Liga Odds & Game Preview
- When: Sunday December 1, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
- Where: Wanda Metropolitano Stadium, Madrid, Spain
- TV: ESPN
- Live Stream: WatchESPN
Why Bet On FC Barcelona?
Despite being on the road, there are a bunch of great reasons to back Barcelona in this match. First, Barca has won four straight matches, including their 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund the last time out. Luis Suarez opened the scoring in the first half and Lionel Messi put Barca up 2-0 four minutes later by scoring his 613th goal for the club. Antoine Griezmann added Barca’s final goal in the dominating win.
Then, there’s the fact that Barcelona is the better statistical team at both ends of the pitch, not to mention that simply have far more overall talent on their roster starting with Messi and Suarez first and foremost. Barca sits at the top of the La Liga standings at a stellar +19 in goal differential.
Why Bet On Atletico Madrid?
Despite their recent struggles, there are a couple of reasons to believe Atletico can take care of business in this one. First,Los Rojiblancos are completely desperate after going 1-1-2 over their last four matches including a humbling 1-0 loss to Juventus the last time out. To make matter worse, Atletico Madrid had 15 shots in the match but only two that were on target. Another good reason to back Atleti in this one is the good old revenge factor.
The last meeting between the two teams ended with Barcelona recording a 2-0 win at Camp Nou in April, although the pair played out a 1-1 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano last season.
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona H2H Trends
- Last 6 competitive meetings: 3 Barcelona Wins, 3 Draws.
- Atleti have never beaten Barça in La Liga under Diego Simeone.
- 3 of the last 6 meetings have ended 1-1.
Expert Analysis and Prediction
Atletico Madrid might be playing at home in this affair, but they haven’ exactly been setting the place on fire recently. Not only that, but Barcelona has not lost a La Liga match to their opponents in this rivalry since way back in 2010. Atletico has been limited to the grand total of just 16 goals in their 14 league matches and that just isn’t going to cut it against Messi, Suarez and the rest of what I expect to be a highly focused Barcelona squad.
Pick: FC Barcelona 2 Atletico Madrid 1