Atletico Madrid vs. Barcelona Champions League Odds, Preview and Picks

Posted by Joe Solari on Monday,April 11, 2016 5:33, EST in

With a narrow 2-1 advantage to their name, Barcelona will be traveling to Madrid this Wednesday to face Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid in arguably the biggest second-leg clash of this year’s Champions League quarter-finals. In this article, we take a succinct look at this game, narrowing our focus on what to expect in the soccer odds.

Atletico Madrid vs. Barcelona Champions League Odds, Preview and Picks

When: Wednesday, April 13, 2:45 PM ET
Where: Vicente Calderón, Madrid
TV: BT Sport
Soccer Lines: Barcelona to win: +110, Atletico to win +240, Draw +240

 

Why Bet on Atletico Madrid

Atletico looked the part of the team that has been Barca’s biggest Spanish competition this season, finding an opening goal of the game at the 25th minute through striker Fernando Torres, but the on-loan player from Serie A club AC Milan turned from hero to villain in 10 minutes, as he received a controversial second yellow card booking to exit the game. This gave Barca a chance to come back in the game, one which they took in the second half to record a come-from-behind 2-1 win. If Atletico—who’ve lost just two of their last 25 games—can maintain their discipline, they will definitely have a winning chance over the Barcelona team that barely scrapped out a win over 10-man Atleti last week.

 

Why Bet on Barcelona

The last one week or so has arguably been one of the toughest ones for Barcelona. After seeing their 39-game unbeaten run go up in flames against 10-man Real Madrid in the La Liga one week ago, Barca was saved by Luis Suarez who scored two goals at the 63rd and 74th minutes to beat Atletico mid last week. But then again, Barcelona suffered a 1-0 road defeat to Real Sociedad over the weekend, their second successive La Liga defeat, with the likes of Messi and Neymar looking like mere mortals in the outing. Against Atletico’s league-best defense, it goes without saying that Barca’s “struggling offense” will have their work cut out for them. In the offense, Torres won’t be available due to his red card, but Atletico owns a lethal opportunistic offense that will test Barcelona extremely. That said, Barcelona have won their last seven straight meetings against Atletico and the visitors are well-talented on both sides of the field, so a valiant effort could easily see them continue their impressive record against Diego Simeone’s boys.

 

Expert Champions League Odds Predictions and Picks

On normal occasions, we would be talking of a near-sure Barca win in this encounter, but given the way the Catalan giants have been sputtering in their performances, it’s hard to guarantee a win for Luis Enrique’s team in Wednesday’s Champions League betting odds. Not to forget, Atletico are playing their best football right now. With that, we believe Atletico will find a way of upsetting the odds by claiming a narrow win, possibly with a clean sheet over Barca.

 

Final Score Predictions: Atletico 1, Barcelona 0. Best Pick: Game Total UNDER 2.5 goals