Our prediction for this Primera Division match:
There will be fireworks when Barcelona and Atletico Madrid take on each other at Camp Nou in the La Liga derby. Barca are desperate to retain top position in the standings, but Sunday’s game will be anything but a walk in the park for Xavi’s troops, who suffered a dip in form. Sergi Roberto suffered an injury in a goalless draw with Getafe, with Eric Garcia likely to step up, while all Frenkie De Jong, Andreas Christensen, Pedri, and Ousmane Dembele remain in the treatment room.
Los Rojiblancos, on the other hand, look unstoppable at the moment, with the team eyeing their seventh consecutive league win. Beating Barca in Catalonia, though, is easier said than done, and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. A man to watch in the away team will be former Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann, who scored a brace in a 2-1 win over Almeria, while both Memphis Depay and Reinildo Mandava remain on the sidelines. Towering centre-back Stefan Savic is a major doubt.
Highlighted Player (Robert Lewandowski):
After scoring 36 goals in 59 league games for Znicz Pruskow, Robert Lewandowski joined Lech Poznan in June, 2008. The 184-cm-tall attacker scored 18 goals in 28 appearances for the club in the 2009/2010 Ekstraklasa campaign and during the season he was on Borussia Dortmund’s radar.
The Polish forward signed a four-year deal with the Bundesliga side in June, 2010 and he quickly established himself as the team’s key attacker. Lewandowski was producing excellent performances with the Millionaires between 2010 and 2014 and it has to be noted that he won two Bundesliga trophies with the club (2010/2011, 2011/2012). He participated in the 2012/2013 Champions League final with Borussia Dortmund, but the Millionaires were beaten by fellow Bundesliga side Bayern Munich in the title game.
However, he betrayed Borussia Dortmund fans in 2014 as he signed a four-year deal with the Bundesliga giants. Lewandowski impressed in the 2016/2017 Bundesliga campaign as he scored 30 goals in 32 league games for Pep Guardiola’s troops. The Polish footballer represented his homeland at Euro 2016 in France and he scored one goal at the showpiece tournament in France.
Highlighted Team (Atletico Madrid):
Atletico Madrid are a Spanish team that plays in Primera Division (La Liga). Los Rojiblancos or los Colchoneros play their home matches at Estadio Vicente Calderon, which holds up to 54,960 spectators. Atletico Madrid have won 10 La Liga titles, but they have yet to lift the European Cup (Champions League) trophy.
Los Rojiblancos have won 10 Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup) trophies and it has to be noted that they defeated their bitter local rivals Real Madrid in the 2012/2013 Spanish Cup final. The rivalry between the two capital clubs is pretty big and El Madrileno is regarded as one of the most exciting derbies in the world football.
Atletico Madrid played two Champions League finals under Diego Simeone, but they failed to beat Real Madrid in the title games (2013/2014 and 2015/2016). However, the Argentine tactician helped Atletico Madrid win the La Liga trophy in 2014 and, no doubt, he is one of the most successful coaches in the history of the capital club.