Tip Barcelona - Atletico Madrid
Barcelona and Atletico Madrid will put off their La Liga rivalry to face off in the Super Cup in Saudi Arabia at the King Abdullah Sports City, Jeddah on Thursday 9th January. Back home, the teams have been doing well; Barcelona are top of La Liga on 40 points and Atletico third on 35 points. In their earlier meeting this season, Barcelona beat Atletico 1-0 in Madrid and will be looking to make it 10 unbeaten against Atletico. Barcelona head to this game unbeaten in their last 11 matches and have lost just one and drawn one in their last 19 matches. All the rest have ended in wins. They have failed to score in just one of their last 10 matches, while they have scored two or more in eight of the last 10. Four of their last five matches have produced over 2.5 goals and they go to this clash unbeaten in their last five away matches, having won three. Barcelona have one clean sheet in their last seven away matches and they have two losses and a win in their last three Super Cup matches. In the last 10 Super Cup matches, they have won thrice.
Atletico on the other hand, have four straight wins going to this clash and are unbeaten in five. They have lost just three of their last 15 matches and won seven. They have four clean sheets in their last 15 matches and scored twice in each of the last four matches. Only four of their last 15 matches have produced over 2.5 goals while they have scored in 12 of their last 15 matches. Away from home, Atletico have not done so well; they have one win and two losses in their last eight. In their last six matches against Barcelona, they have no win, while the last five meetings between the two have not produced over 2.5 goals.
Key points Barcelona - Atletico Madrid
Barcelona are unbeaten in 11 matches.
The last five meetings between the two have produced under 2.5 goals.
Atletico Madrid have one win in the last eight away matches.
Barcelona are unbeaten in nine matches against Atletico.
Atletico Madrid are unbeaten in five matches.
Conclusion Barcelona - Atletico Madrid
Barcelona have been the dominant side in meetings with Atletico Madrid and they go to this clash on a good run of form. They will definitely be favorites, but Atletico can also be a tricky side. Atletico have scored twice in each of their last four matches, but that was against much weaker opponents. Here we expect them to employ a more defensive approach, as it has been in their previous meetings. Moreover, they have not been the strongest side when playing away from home, and their defensive approach has contributed largely to the low scoring nature of their games. Here we feel this game will end in under 2.5 goals.
Barcelona Atletico Madrid Prediction published on January 7, 2020