According to online sportsbook news in Spain, the highlight fixture in La Liga round 13 will be Barcelona outing to Madrid. Valverde’s side will visit Metropolitano with a bit of frustration after losing against Real Betis. They will be concerned about their lack of balance in the backline. Yet the plague of muscular injuries that hit Simeone’s squad will make it easier for Barcelona to go for three points and maintain their La Liga lead, according to the Atletico vs Barca betting predictions.
Barcelona Won against All Big Opponents
The Catalan giants are coming back after a home defeat in La Liga for the first time since September 2016. The main reason for their loss was the lack of balance in the back was. Barca will also miss Coutinho because of injury and Rakitic for receiving red card against Real Betis. However, Barca’s odds are still better than Atleti, standing at 2.15 to win the game, according to Bwin Sportsbook.
Barca have dropped points not just against Real Betis, but also against Valencia, Athletic Club, Leganes and Girona. All of these teams, except Girona, are in the bottom half of La Liga table. Yet against tough opponents – like Real Madrid, Inter, Tottenham and Sevilla – Valverde’s side have been up to the challenge. Against them Barca go for solidarity over offense, and if they do the same against Atleti they will win.
Atletico Defense are All Injured
Atletico Madrid are going to the international break after a fantastic week with victories over both Borussia Dortmund and Athletic Club. They have their continental and domestic campaign back on track.
They will stand with strong confidence at their home ground and with odds at 3.30 to beat Barca. Yet there is one significant problem that will make Atleti suffer according to the Atletico vs Barca predictions, and that is the injuries.
It is not confirmed who will be able to come back and who will be ruled out against Barcelona. But for now, all four centre-backs Godin, Gimenez, Lucas, and Savic are fighting for fitness. Besides, Diego Costa the former Chelsea forward is also continuing his recovery, hoping to play in November 24. Even if some of them come back, Simeone will be still short of options and that will give Barca huge advantage to win the game.