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Primera División

  • September 24, 2011
  • • 4:00 PM
  • • Camp Nou, Barcelona
  • Referee: Carlos Delgado Ferreiro
  • • Attendance: 79000
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La Liga Preview: Barcelona - Atletico Madrid

La Liga Preview: Barcelona - Atletico Madrid

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Gregorio Manzano brings his new-look and in-form side to Camp Nou just a point behind Barca in the Primera Division table.


PROBABLE LINEUPS

Barcelona (4-1-2-3): Valdes; Alves, Mascerano, Puyol, Abidal; Xavi, Busquets, Thiago; Messi, Fabregas, Villa


Barca center back Gerard Pique is back in full training following his calf injury and after the defensive frailties against Valencia, it is touch and go as to whether the Spaniard will make the starting XI. Alexis Sanchez and Andres Iniesta are still sidelined with hamstring injuries. Meanwhile, Dutch midfielder Ibrahim Afellay damaged his cruciate knee ligament in training and will miss an estimated six months of the season.


Atletico Madrid (4-4-2): Coutois; Silva, Perea, Dominguez, Filipe; Koke, Assuncao, Gabi, Turan; Salvio, Falcao


Atletico Madrid is still sweating over the fitness of Diego, who completed light training on Thursday but it is unsure whether the Brazilian will feature against Barcelona. However, the Madrid outfit has been boosted by the return of Diego Godin, who has recovered from his injury and is expected to make the squad against Barcelona.



DID YOU KNOW?
  • In their last four meetings at Camp Nou in La Liga, Barcelona has scored 17 times against Atletico Madrid, conceding just three in reply.
  • Cesc Fabregas has already had more assists in this season (four) than Andres Iniesta accumulated in the whole of 2010-2011 (three).
  • Expect goals in this encounter, as both Barca and Atletico netted over 2.5 goals in 24 of their 38 league games last season, a 63 percent success rate.
  • Atletico Madrid's last victory at Camp Nou was in December 2006, where it emerged a 3-1 victor.

  • Atletico has won its last two league games 4-0 at home, against Racing and Sporting Gijon, with Radamel Falcao netting five times.

  • Indeed, this match showcases La Liga's two leading goalscorers, Falcao and Lionel Messi, who along with Roberto Soldado have netted five goals in four matches.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

Barcelona

Atlético Madrid

Wins
2
2
1
Wins

Betting & Predictions

Reader's Predictions

FC Barcelona FCB
FC Barcelona Barcelona
Draw
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Club Atlético de Madrid Atlético Madrid
77%
15%

Top 3 Predictions

FC Barcelona FCB
3 - 1
Club Atlético de Madrid ATM
FC Barcelona FCB
3 - 0
Club Atlético de Madrid ATM
FC Barcelona FCB
4 - 1
Club Atlético de Madrid ATM

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