Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona – La Liga Preview – Champions in waiting

By on May 8, 2013

Real Madrid’s mid-week win vs Malaga meant that FC Barcelona must wait until Sunday to secure the La Liga title. Los Blaugranes need a win to guarantee another title win, but even a draw would almost certainly rule Real Madrid out of the title race.

Atletico Madrid Preview

The ‘other’ Madrid are just an handful of points behind their bigger, richer neighbours Real Madrid. Powered by Radamel Falcao and secured by the impressive Thibaut Courtois, Atletico have been in inspired form for most of the season. Atletico Madrid guaranteed they will play Champions League football next season with a 3-1 win over Celta Vigo in mid-week La Liga action.

Thibaut Courtois has a league-high 19 clean sheets this season – Bet365 offer 6/1 odds for Atletico to keep Barcelona off the scoresheet.

Barcelona Preview

After being humiliated by FC Bayern Munich in the Champions League, it is now time for some redemption. Barcelona need only a draw vs Atletico Madrid to virtually secure the La Liga title, but the Catalan will surely go for the win. Lionel Messi has been instrumental this season, scoring 46 of Barcelona’s  105 La Liga goals – a whopping 44%. As the club many considered to be the best in Europe floundered without a fully-firing Lionel Messi, questions are beginning to creep in regarding the team’s future. Time to secure the La Liga title with games to spare. You can bet on the big match with Atletico with Betfair’s football in-play betting.

Via WhoScored - Barcelona have won 42 of their last 51 matches in La Liga – Bet365 offer 9/10 odds on a Barcelona win.

 Prediction

With Jose Mourinho destined to leave Real Madrid in the summer, Barcelona have an opportunity to make a lasting impression on La Liga. Messi and co. did not play in mid-week while Atletico Madrid had an away trip to Celta Vigo as their big match preparation.

Atletico Madrid 1-3 Barcelona

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