After a thrilling Copa Del Rey encounter with CF Intercity FC Barcelona take on Atletico Madrid away from home in Laliga this evening. Here is the match preview of Barca vs Atletico with the squad list and predicted lineup.
Refresh your memory on Barcelona’s last game vs Intercity
FC Barcelona travel to The Wanda Metropolitano as Laliga matchday 16 approaches us. Barca look to widen the gap on top of the table after Real Madrid lost to Villareal last night . This will be a good chance to put pressure on Madrid if Blaugranas can get away with the 3 points.
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MATCHDAY: Atlético Madrid vs Barcelona.— Barça Buzz (@Barca_Buzz) January 8, 2023
🏆| La Liga MatchDay 16.
🏟| Estadio Metropolitano, Madrid.
📅| 8th January, 2023.
⏰| 21:00 CET.
Referee: José Luis Munuera Montero.#AtletiBarça #LaLiga pic.twitter.com/9XGDXvhy1U
- Atletico Madrid have won their last 2 home games against Barcelona in Laliga , keeping clean sheets in both.
- Barcelona have lost two of their last four games against Atletico Madrid ( 1W 1D)
- Following their defeat at the Santiago Bernabeu (3-1). Barcelona can loose both away games against Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid in the same laliga season for the 3rd time in this century. (07/08 & 20/21)
- This will be the fifth time that Barca take on Atletico Madrid in their first game of the calendar year. The Catalans have not lost any of the previous 4 winning 3 of them.
After an unsuccessful appeal from Barcelona board regarding Robert Lewandowski’s suspension, The Madrid Court have given a 3 match ban for the Polish striker who will miss the important clash against Atletico Madrid tonight. After picking up a red card against Espanyol Jordi Alba misses this game due to suspension. Apart from Lewandowski and Alba ,once again Xavi has an injury free , fully fit squad at his disposal.
✈️ Here’s who we’re taking to Madrid today for #AtletiBarça! pic.twitter.com/K6x5gwWp4y— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 8, 2023
Click here for the Barcelona’s Last Laliga game Match Report
After Ronald Araujo’s commanding display when he was on the pitch , the Uruguayan is expected to start at the heart of Barca’s defence and Jules Kounde could start as the right back. Andres Christensen is expected to pair up with Araujo while Alejandro Balde might replace suspended Jordi Alba.
Captain Sergio Busquets will start at the DM position and Frenkie De Jong is expected to start as well. Pedri, who was excluded from the squad list for the Copa de rey match will start alongside Busquets and Frenkie to complete the midfield trio.
Ansu Fati , Ousmane Dembele and Raphinha who all scored against CF Intercity will get Xavi’s approval to start today, in this important game in the Laliga title race.
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