Barcelona will attempt to shake off their recent troubles when they face Atletico Madrid in a massive match this Sunday.
The team has had back-to-back goalless draws against Girona and Getafe, causing some worry among the fans. Although they currently have an 11-point lead at the top of the table, they cannot afford to be complacent as their rivals, Real Madrid, are hot on their heels.
Injuries have unfortunately played a significant role in the team’s struggles, and their confidence seems to be low, especially after their 4-0 defeat to Madrid in the Copa del Rey semi-final second leg at Camp Nou.
Furthermore, Robert Lewandowski, currently the club’s top scorer, is experiencing a rough patch in his performance. This highlights the difference between him and Barcelona’s other attackers, and the team needs help to compensate for this.
Barcelona La Liga Form: W W W D D
Atletico Madrid is set to face Barcelona at Camp Nou with high spirits following an impressive second-half turnaround in their season. The key to their success has been Antoine Griezmann, the French forward who has rediscovered his form and won back the hearts of the fans.
Griezmann is in excellent form and heads into the game after a brilliant performance against Almeria, where he scored two goals to secure a 2-1 victory for Los Rojiblancos. With 11 goals and nine assists this season, Griezmann’s performance will be crucial in this game.
As a former Barcelona player, Griezmann will be eager to make an impact and secure a victory for his current team. His recent form is daunting and could scupper Barcelona’s title hopes.
Atletico Madrid La Liga Form: W W W W W
The Barcelona team is expected to welcome back Frenkie de Jong and Pedri, who has been out of action for some time.
Ousmane Dembele, Andreas Christensen, and Sergi Roberto will be sidelined due to injuries.
In particular, Roberto suffered a hamstring injury during the game against Getafe and will likely miss the rest of the season.
Atletico Madrid will, unfortunately, be without former Barcelona star Memphis Depay, who is still recovering from an injury and will not be available for the game.
In addition to Depay, Marcos Llorente will be unavailable for the game due to suspension.
Barcelona’s expected starting line-up
Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Jules Kounde, Eric Garcia, Ronald Araujo, Alejandro Balde, Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Franck Kessie, Gavi, Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski.
Atletico Madrid’s expected starting line-up
Jan Oblak, Jose Maria Gimenez, Mario Hermoso, Axel Witsel, Nahuel Molina, Yannick Carrasco, Koke, Saul Niguez, Rodrigo De Paul, Angel Correa, Antoine Griezmann.
Head to Head
Over the years, Barcelona has had a favorable historical record against Atletico Madrid.
Of the 222 matches played between the two teams, Barcelona has won 97, while Atletico Madrid has 75 victories.
Time, Date & Venue
Date: Sunday, April 23
Time: 08:00 pm, GMT
Venue: Spotify Camp Nou, Barcelona
While Atletico Madrid may have been in better recent form, Barcelona will still have an excellent opportunity to come out on top against their Spanish rivals. The team has a strong squad, with Robert Lewandowski expected to step up and deliver a standout performance.