Barcelona Vs Atletico Madrid Dream 11 Prediction: Barcelona will look to extend their lead over Atletico Madrid in the La Liga table with a victory.
Barcelona will hope to extend their lead to eleven points at the top of the pile with a victory against Atletico Madrid in the La Liga on Saturday.
The Blaugrana came from behind against Villarreal to draw 4-4 at Estadio de la Cerámica and nick a point in the stoppage time of the game. It will be a huge chance for the club to focus on the Champions League by putting the title race to bed on Saturday.
As Barcelona and Atletico Madrid take each other on, we shall look at the Dream 11 prediction.
Leaders Barcelona will be aiming to bag all three points on Friday as they prepare to put the title race beyond the eyesight of the second-placed Atletico Madrid. The Blaugrana have looked shaky at the back, but their ability to kill the game in the offensive areas of the pitch with stunning quality players have always made them a threat.
Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez came off the bench to overturn the deficit and churn away a point at Villarreal. The duo is expected to start the game in this titanic clash which could determine the league title winner. Ernesto Valverde’s side have struggled this campaign without the presence of their highest scorer, Lionel Messi.
Despite a recent slump, Diego Simeone’s side bounced back with 4-0 and 2-0 victories over Deportivo Alaves and Girona in the La Liga. Having played out 30 games this season, Atletico Madrid have conceded just 19 goals which is the least in the league. Notwithstanding their astute defensive record, their forwards have been underwhelming this season as Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata struggle to find their feet which could negate their good works in the backline.
Barcelona Vs Atletico Madrid prediction:
Barcelona: Manager Ernesto Valverde confirmed that he would not be willing to risk their forward Ousmane Dembele who is recovering from an injury. Rafinha and Jasper Cillessen are long-term absentees and would continue to sit out on the sidelines. Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, and Philippe Coutinho are likely to lead the attack.
Atletico Madrid: Diego Simeone could be forced to start only with Antoine Griezmann as the strikers Diego Costa and Alvaro Morata have picked up muscle injuries to complicate things for Atletico Madrid. French duo Thomas Lemar and Lucas Hernandez will be another duo to miss out on this game.
Barcelona: Marc Andre Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Arthur Melo, Lionel Messi, Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suarez.
Atletico Madrid: Jan Oblak, Santiago Arias, Diego Godin, Jose Maria Gimenez, Filipe Luis, Rodri, Thomas Partey, Koke, Saul Niguez, Angel Correa, Antoine Griezmann.
Dream 11 team for Barcelona Vs Atletico Madrid
Lionel Messi is the top scorer in the top five divisions of Europe this campaign with 42 goals. Not only he can score goals, but he also leads his way with assists and has found his teammate on 14 times. He has scored 6 goals and set up his teammates on 10 occasions against Atletico Madrid in the La Liga. The stats might not be sound, but the visitors’ side defence have started to show signs of slowing down because of the age.
There was a huge resolution to make between Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann in the front line. Uruguyuan International’s likelihood to score is high because of the offensive football Valverde installs and has a better track record than the Frenchman. On the other hand, Griezmann has scored just thrice in the La Liga against Barcelona in the La Liga and defensive structure will prove too tough for him get on the score sheet.
Disclaimer: This team is made on the basis of our research for the game. This XI is what we think would work – you’re free to choose your own XI.