Interesting weekend in the race for the LaLiga title, with the top four sides facing each other in a teasing line of fixtures.
Here's our cheat sheet ahead of Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid.
- All but one of the last seven league meetings between the sides have produced under 2.5 goals.
- Under 2.5 goals have been netted in 11 of Atletico Madrid’s 17 away trips this season.
- The visitors have won just one of their last five LaLiga starts on the road, losing two.
The match between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid on Saturday is easily the most important game of the LaLiga season so far, and we expect a chess-like battle at Camp Nou with so much riding on the outcome.
Barca is two points behind the leaders Atletico Madrid, who will keep everyone guessing about their strategy in Catalonia on Saturday. Diego Simeone's side might be able to hold on for a point, but a draw may see Real Madrid overtake them at the top if Los Blancos beat Sevilla on Sunday.
Atleti would most likely sit deep and bide their time here, while Barca would be wary of exposing themselves because a loss would effectively end their title challenge.
We believe the smart money is on under 2.5 goals here, based on the likely history of this mouth-watering match and the fact that six of the last seven league meetings have produced less than goals.
In terms of the final result, Atleti has been stumbling in recent weeks, and their once sizable lead has shrunk significantly.
The visitors have only won one of their last five away games, and they haven't won at Camp Nou in their last 20 visits, but we're picking them to get something over the line and hold the hosts to a draw.