Perennially-powerful Barcelona will look to take another step toward winning the La Liga championship when they host visiting Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou in their round of 33 matchup on Tuesday. With Barcelona looking for nothing less than a win and Madrid looking to extend their impressive winning ways, let’s find out where the best betting value in this intriguing affair, along with their LaLiga odds.
La Liga Betting Picks – Atletico Vs Barcelona
Why Bet On Barcelona
Barcelona is sitting in second place in the La Liga standings. With 69 points and just two points behind league-leading Real Madrid, Barcelona will be looking to make a move for the league title with just six games left in the 2020 season. Barcelona has gone 6-3-1 over their last 10 games and comes into this matchup off a hard-fought, but crushing, 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo on Saturday. More importantly, Barcelona suddenly has problems with head coach Quique Setien.
“It’s true that you often have arguments with players as you do in everyday life and that’s nothing new,” Setien told a virtual news conference on Monday.
Footage of the Celta match showed Lionel Messi ignoring instructions from assistant Eder Sarabia during the water break. Superstar striker Luis Suarez scored twice in the draw, but appeared to be at odds with Setien in a post-match interview, saying it was the coaching staff’s job to analyze why the team keep dropping points away from home.
Lionel Messi has a league-leading 21 goals and 17 assists, but he has not scored in three straight games. Still, Barcelona has scored a league-leading 72 goals while allowing just 33 goals defensively (+39). Barcelona has gone a near-perfect 15-1-0 SU at home this season while also going 8-7-1 ATS and 9-7 O/U at home. Dembele and De Jong are injured, while Roberto is questionable.
Why Bet On Atletico Madrid
Atletico is in third place in the La Liga standings with 58 points that have come on 41 goals scored and 23 goals allowed (+18). Madrid is on a red-hot roll, having won four straight games while going 7-3-0 over their last 10 games overall. Atletico comes into this affair off a 2-1 home win over Alaves on Saturday as Saul Niguez and Diego Costa both found the back of the net to offset Alaves’ lone goal by Joselu. Alaves has gotten a team-high nine goals from Alvaro Morata in 28 matches while Joao Felix has added six goals in 24 matches. Atletico has gone 5-8-3 SU on the road while also going 4-9-3 ATS and 3-6-7 O/U away from home.
General Match Info Atletico Madrid (15-13-4) vs Barcelona (21-6-5)
- When: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 4:00 PM ET
- Where: Camp Nou
- Altetico Vs Barcelona Live: beIN
- Money Lines: Barcelona -139 / Atletico +350 / LaLiga odds.
- Total: 2.5
Expert Analysis and Prediction
Barcelona hasn’t lost in 19 consecutive home matches against Atletico Madrid while going 7-3-0 in the last 10 meetings in this rivalry. Still though, I love Atletico’s defense and I believe they will put up a great effort in this matchup before falling late against a relatively desperate Barca squad. In the end, I’m expecting Lionel Messi to come up with a huge effort to lead Barcelona to the super narrow, one-goal win in this highly intriguing affair.
Pick: Barcelona 2 Atletico 1