The Argentine forward has astonishing recent history with the capital club and hopes to extend it as Pep Guardiola's side aim to keep title hopes alive at the Vicente Calderon
Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe
Arda, Adrian, Koke
Alves, Pique, Puyol, Abidal
Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta
Messi, Fabregas, Sanchez
Diego Simeone will be without the services of Brazilian playmaker Diego, who has been ruled out for a month. However, Arda Turan returned from injury to feature from the bench in the Europa League victory over Lazio on Thursday.
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- Atletico are unbeaten in their last seven matches in La Liga (3-4-0), keeping a clean sheet in six of those fixtures.
- Radamel Falcao has scored 19 goals in 29 appearances for Atletico in all competitions this season, which includes two hat-tricks in La Liga.
- Atletico have kept 11 clean sheets this season - only Barcelona have more with 12.
- The last time that Barcelona lost back-to-back away matches in La Liga was in April-May 2008, 2-0 at Deportivo La Coruna and 4-1 at Real Madrid.
- Lionel Messi has scored 14 league goals against Atletico, including two hat-tricks in his last two encounters with them.
- Barca have lost only one of the 94 league matches in which Messi has scored (85-8-1) - which was against Atletico Madrid (4-3) on March 1 2009.