Barcelona Makes Desperate Trophy Run Against Atletico MadridPublished February 26, 2017 by Florin P
Atletico Madrid can end Barcelona’s title bid and consolidate its Champions League position on Sunday (3:15 p.m UK Time).
The second most anticipated match in the Spanish first division is scheduled for Sunday afternoon. If Barcelona fails to win on the road, their theoretical chances of winning the championship will vanish. Atletico Madrid has long renounced its ambition of winning the trophy and will settle for a place on the podium. In any case, both teams need the points and won’t rest any of the players available.
Pressure is Mounting on Barcelona
The humiliating defeat suffered in Paris at the hands of PSG has all but obliterated their chances in the Champions League. A home victory against Leganes is too little to appease the fans and Barcelona needs to go for all three points in Madrid. The worst part is that victory might change nothing in the end and Real Madrid is still the overwhelming favorite to claim the trophy.
Home pitch advantage has been of tremendous importance for Atletico Madrid who lost just once at home. On the other hand, Barcelona has scored 35 goals away from home, more than any other team on the road or at home. They will play offensive football and take whatever chances necessary.
Momentum is Changing in Favor of Atletico Madrid
Atletico Madrid has greatly improved its starting formation during the season break. That’s why they are entitled to hope for better results against Barcelona. Furthermore, they managed to cause the Catalans’ elimination from the Champions League last season. At home they are a force to be reckoned with and are great at defending narrow margin leads.
Simeone has a huge advantage against Barcelona because he and his team can settle for a point. In the absence of any pressure he can play the game he likes the most and wait for the visitors to commit a mistake. Punters should take advantage of this favorable context and take the 7/10 odds on a double chance wager at bet365 Sports.