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Barcelona v Atletico Madrid Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

14:29 GMT 04/03/2018
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The Blaugrana's draw with Las Palmas midweek means just five points separate them from Atleti and we are backing a tight opening half on Sunday night

The Camp Nou hosts what could be a defining game in the La Liga title race on Sunday evening.

Atletico Madrid have emerged as the only team with any realistic chance of stopping Barcelona regaining the crown of Spanish champions, meaning there is a great deal riding on this weekend's meeting in Catalonia. 

Latest odds

Barcelona remain the only team unbeaten in La Liga and dabblebet offer them at 3/4 (1.75) to claim three points on Sunday.

Atletico, meanwhile, can be backed at 7/2 (4.50) with the draw offered at 14/5 (3.80).

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Team news

Luis Suarez avoided a booking during the midweek draw in Las Palmas so is available for selection for the hosts.

Jordi Alba will return from suspension with Nelson Semedo likely to be the only player out injured.

Atleti's only major doubts are Lucas Hernandez and Stefan Savic. 

A low scoring first half at the Camp Nou

This game is not only a meeting between the top two sides in La Liga but also between the division's two best defences.

While some of the world's finest attacking players will be on display, it is logical to think that this will be a tight game, as it was when the two sides drew 1-1 in Madrid back in October.

Indeed, the last two meetings between these sides in Barcelona have ended 1-1 and under 2.5 goals is offered in this game at a tempting 10/11 (1.91).

There is, perhaps, a better angle at which to back a close game at higher odds.

Preview and predictions 

A goalless first half is priced at 9/5 (2.80) and there could well be some value in going with both teams to cancel each other out in the opening 45 minutes.

Barcelona have only scored first half goals in four of their last ten meetings in all competitions, and if there is a side capable of frustrating the La Liga leaders, it is Diego Simone's men. 

Under 0.5 goals first half at 9/5 (2.80) for a 1.5pt stake with dabblebet