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Primera División

  • 12 May 2013
  • • 18:00
  • • Estadio Vicente Calderón, Madrid
  • Referee: Pedro Jesús Pérez Montero
  • • Attendance: 54000
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Atletico Madrid-Barcelona Preview: Vilanova's side seek 22nd Liga title

Atletico Madrid-Barcelona Preview: Vilanova's side seek 22nd Liga title

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The Catalan giants can clinch their fourth Primera Division crown in five years with victory at the Vicente Calderon regardless of whether Real Madrid beat Espanyol on Saturday


Atletico Madrid midfielder Mario Suarez is a doubt for Sunday's clash against Barcelona after suffering a ligament injury in the midweek win at Celta Vigo.

Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and striker Diego Costa also picked up knocks in Wednesday's match but are expected to be fit in time for the weekend.

Lionel Messi has recovered from a hamstring injury and is set to start for Barcelona after coming off the bench to score twice in the 4-2 win over Betis last Sunday.

Victor Valdes (foot), Pedro (illness) and Javier Mascherano (knee) have been declared fit, while Cesc Fabregas returns following a one-match ban.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Atletico Madrid have won just one of their last four home matches in La Liga (W1, D1, L2).
  • With just 28 goals conceded, Los Colchoneros boast the best defensive record in the Primera Division.
  • Radamel Falcao (pictured, right) has scored five goals in his last five matches for Atletico.
  • Barcelona have won just one of their last seven away matches in all competitions (W1, D3, L3).
  • The Catalan giants have won their last five encounters with Atletico Madrid.
  • Barca have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last four games across all competitions, conceding 11 goals in that sequence.

Players to watch

R. Falcao

Position: Attacker

Games: 0

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The Colombia international has been strongly linked with a move abroad in the summer after another sparkling season, in which he has scored 33 goals in 38 appearances. Atletico Madrid will want Falcao to stick around for another year as the club plans its assault on next season's Champions League.

L. Messi

Position: Attacker

Games: 9

  • 7
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The 25-year-old's absence through injury has been sorely felt by Barcelona in the last few weeks as the team has struggled to keep up the form it showed in the first half of the season. Messi will hope his injury troubles are behind him as he bids to add to his 46 Liga goals this season.

Editor's Prediction

Atletico will be fully focused on Friday's Copa del Rey final against Real Madrid after guaranteeing Champions League football for next season with the win over Celta Vigo on Wednesday. Barca will be determined to finally clinch the Liga title, while Messi's expected return to the starting line-up will also give them a boost.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Atlético Madrid

Barcelona

Wins
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3
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

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Draw
FC Barcelona FCB
FC Barcelona Barcelona
24%
70%

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