Nou Camp Turns into a Volcano as Barcelona and Atletico Madrid Square OffPublished January 30, 2016 by Florin P
La Liga leaders lock horns at Nou Camp in a potentially title deciding match. (3:00 p.m UK Time).
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are currently tied for the lead, but the reigning champions have one game in hand. A victory at home would give them solitary lead and will also keep them at a safe distance from archrivals Real Madrid. The hosts have a crushing head to head record and have won the last five games against Atletico, so the Catalan fans are highly optimistic ahead of this game.
25 Games Invincible Run for Barcelona
The last team to defeat Barcelona was Sevilla but that match took place months ago and since then the Spanish giants are undefeated. They also managed to win seven games in a row and are on the right track for winning all three trophies this season.
A recent victory over Athletic Bilbao propelled them to the semifinals, where they were expected to square off with Atletico Madrid. This is no longer the case now after Celta Vigo managed to win in Madrid and Atletico can focus exclusively on winning the domestic championship.
Waiting for the Champions League
Both Atletico Madrid and Barcelona made it to the elimination round of the Champions League and are anxiously waiting for the competition to resume. They need to earn as many points as possible in the time left, as fatigue could be a huge problem in the second half of the season. Barcelona has an easier schedule and can afford to rest some of its key players in the games played on the road against mediocre teams.
Everything will be on the line in this match and Luis Enrique is expected to use his best starting formation against Atletico. With no players injured or suspended, he has plenty of options and will use Neymar, Messi and Suarez up front from the first minute. Risk-averse players can settle for odds of ½ offered by bet365 Sports for a straight victory, or bet on both teams to score and even odds.