Barcelona-Atletico Madrid Betting Special: Why defence is the key in the title decider

Our La Liga expert believes another tight affair is in prospect at Camp Nou and goes through some of the markets for a low-scoring meeting
If we have learnt one thing from the five previous meetings between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid this season, it is that they tend to play out low-scoring encounters.

Indeed, only five goals have been scored in the 450 minutes of football contested, despite the number of high quality attacking players on display.

On Saturday afternoon the title is on the line for both sides and one would assume that this would make it a more tense and even tighter affair than usual.

One bet that has regularly paid out in meetings this season is backing the draw at half-time and it is offered again at a healthy looking 13/10 (2.30).

Similarly, backing a goalless opening 45 minutes is offered at 2/1 (3.00) and that too has proved a profitable option in matches this season, paying out in three of the five meetings.

It almost goes withouth saying that Atletico's defence has been the foundation of their sensational season with the Rojiblancos conceding by far the fewest goals in the Primera Division.

An interesting point to note is that Barcelona are yet to score a first-half goal against Atleti this season and they are offered at a hugely tempting 10/11 (1.91) not to score in the first half.

Indeed, it may be surprising to note that in their last ten competitive matches Barcelona have only scored two firs-half goals, a statistic which adds a lot of weight to our selection.

Against the strongest backline in the league it is highly likely that they will once again struggle to net in the opening 45 minutes.

Barcelona not to score in the first half at 10/11 (1.91) for a 2.5pt stake with bet365

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