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Betting Preview: Barcelona v Atletico Madrid: Back Simeone's men to avoid defeat in Catalonia

09:58 GMT 03/03/2018
Jose Gimenez Diego Simeone Atletico Madrid La Liga
Los Rojiblancos will look forward to a further cut the points gap between Barca and them when both sides face-off in this weekend's epic duel

Sunday evening's showdown at the Camp Nou in La Liga will see the division's best two sides in Barcelona and Atletico Madrid go up against each other.

Jonathan Calleri’s converted spot-kick for Las Palmas cancelled out Lionel Messi’s opener during the midweek, and this result slashed the points gap between the Spanish top flight’s top two fighters to five ahead of this encounter.

The Wanda Metropolitano giants enter this fixture having cruised to a 4-0 victory over Leganes, and are still on a seven-game winning streak across all competitions. They will hope to build on the success and cause an upset, thus closing the gap to the league table-toppers further.

Ernesto Valverde’s charges have not suffered a loss to the Madrid gladiators since their 2016 Champions League semifinal clash which ended on a 3-2 aggregate. With this, they are quoted by bet365 at (1.72) as clear favourites.

The same betting outfit backs Diego Simeone’s side to cause an upset at a mouth-watering (4.25) which had only paid out in one of last seven face-off battles with the hosts.

A busty (4.00) is available should this tie end with both teams sharing the spoils here.

To see the Blaugrana score first in Catalonia won’t cause a storm in a teacup as this has paid out in three of their last five matches. It’s available at odds of (1.50) by the same firm.

With the attacking qualities of both teams in front of goal and the threat they will likely pose, backing both teams to score each other is chalked up at (1.80) having seen five of last five games go this way.

For the away team to avoid defeat here, a whooping (2.15) as offered by bet365 is available for willing punters. Three of last five head to head battles have produced this result.

*Odds correct at the time of writing. Please Gamble responsibly.