Despite a difficult last couple of weeks for Barcelona, the Catalans received a massive boost on Wednesday night without even kicking a ball. Real Madrid's defeat at Valencia in their rearranged fixture leaves Los Blancos still one point clear at the top of the table, but now with just one game in hand.
A victory for Barca at the Vicente Calderon on Sunday afternoon would send them top of the table, ahead of Madrid's tricky trip to Villarreal, a psychological blow potentially of real significance.
It could have been a lot different had Barca not scored an injury time penalty to beat Leganes 2-1 at the Camp Nou weekend, yet, despite an abject performance against the division's most out of form team, Luis Enrique's side now have renewed hope.
Atletico remain difficult to predict, with Diego Simeone's team seeming a lot more vulnerable defensively yet scoring plenty of goals. They could have had nearly double the four goals they managed at Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday night in the Champions League, but they could also have let in more than the two they conceded.
These two sides met in the semi finals of the Copa del Rey three weeks ago, with the Blaugrana triumphing 3-2 on aggregate but Atletico should have scored more, particularly in the second half of the second leg where they missed a penalty and utterly dominated.
Things are set up nicely, therefore, for Sunday's meeting in the Spanish capital which bet365 are live streaming for UK-based customers, with a home win priced at 2/1 (3.00) and Barca offered at 7/5 (2.40). The draw meanwhile can be backed at 12/5 (3.40), with both teams to scored offered at 7/10 (1.70).
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Barcelona's away form has been pretty erratic with three of their last six matches on the road ending in 1-1 draws (at Real Sociedad, Villarreal and Real Betis). In between those results have come wins by 3-0, 4-0 and 6-0 at Osasuna, Eibar and Alaves respectively and while Atletico are a cut above all those teams mentioned, it is difficult to know which Barca will turn up.
The price of 5/1 (6.00) for the sequence to continue with another 1-1 draw could appeal as a value bet, with this also being the score in two of the side's last three meetings in all competitions. For serious investment though, the price of 6/5 (2.20) for both teams to score and over 2.5 goals looks to offer value, given that it is hard to see either side failing to get on the scoresheet.