Atletico vs Barca: Team news, head to head & predictions



Atletico Madrid welcome Barcelona to Wanda Metropolitano on Sunday in a crucial game in the La Liga title race. Los Rojiblanco currently sit fourth, three points and three places behind Sunday’s opponents, who currently top La Liga on goal difference but the Blaugrana have relinquished top spot to Real Madrid who defeat Alaves 2-1.Team NewsDiego Costa is absent for ​Atletico, having been sidelined for three months with a neck injury but he will be is joined in the treatment room by centre backs Stefan Savic, who has not played since early October due to a hamstring injury, and José Giménez, who is still recovering from a thigh injury sustained in late October.Joao Felix is expected to start for Atletico, having ​won the 2019 Golden Boy award this week.The headline injury news for ​Barcelona is on Ousmane Dembele, with the Frenchman expected to miss around ten weeks of action after picking up a hamstring problem against Borussia Dortmund.The visiting side will also be without Nelson Semedo, who is ruled out until 2020 with a calf problem, and Sergio Busquets, who misses out through suspension after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season last weekend against Celta Vigo. Jordi Alba is also a doubt, having not featured since sustaining an injury against Slavia Prague ​at the beginning of November.Antoine Griezmann, who spent five years at Atletico Madrid, returns to the club for the first time since Barcelona controversially broke transfer window rules to secure the Frenchman’s signature this summer. Griezmann returns to his former side with a point to prove, having only scored five goals in 17 games since his switch.Head to HeadAtletico Madrid are looking for their first victory against Barcelona in La Liga since 2010 as the Catalan giants, on the other hand, have won 14 of their 19 league meetings against Los Rojiblancos since the start of the decade.Recent Form Having kept pace with Real Madrid and Barcelona at the top of La Liga, Atletico have stuttered in recent weeks, with three draws in their last four league outings as the hosts have only won once in their last seven games in all competitions, after losing to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek. Barcelona go into Sunday’s fixture looking to record their fourth straight win in all competitions, however, they have not been convincing this season, particularly away from home. Blaugrana laboured to a 2-1 win over bottom side Leganes in their last league outing​, and with a tricky run of fixtures coming up.Atletico Madrid Predicted line-up (4-4-2): Jan Oblak; Renan Lodi, Mario Hermoso, Felipe, Kieran Trippier; Koke, Thomas Partey, Hector Herrera, Saul Niguez; Joao Felix, Alvaro MorataBarcelona Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Sergi Roberto, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Junior Firpo; Arturo Vidal, Frenkie de Jong, Arthur Melo; Lionel Messi, Antoine Griezmann, Luis SuarezPrediction verdict: Atletico Madrid 1-1 Barcelona





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