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Barcelona to beat Atletico to move closer to La Liga title

05 April 2019 | La Liga | Preview
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Barcelona to beat Atletico to move closer to La Liga title
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On Saturday night, reigning La Liga champions Barcelona host second Atletico Madrid at the Nou Camp, in a game that will be pivotal in the race for the Spanish top-flight title.

Barcelona have been way out in front at the top of La Liga for some time now. The Catalan giants are now eight points clear of Los Rojiblancos and a win would all but seal the title for a second straight season.

Ernesto Valverde’s side head into this clash on the back of a dramatic 4-4 draw at struggling Villarreal. The home side needed late goals from Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez to rescue a draw against the relegation-threatened outfit.

The draw against the Yellow Submarine ended a six-match winning run for the home side in the Spanish top-flight. However, the champions are still 18 La Liga games unbeaten since a shock 3-4 defeat at home against Real Betis back in November.

A record of seven wins in their last eight La Liga games at the Nou Camp is a good one, especially as Barcelona have scored at least two goals in seven of those eight games.

Atletico Madrid have seemingly regained their defensive solidity of late to win six of their last seven La Liga matches while keeping clean sheets in all six victories. Last time out in La Liga, Diego Simeone’s team recorded a 2-0 home win over Girona.

In true Atletico fashion in recent seasons, their latest games have been low scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in six of their last seven league outings.

Atletico have a decent recent La Liga record on their travels, winning four of their last six away matches. Their recent away matches have been low scoring with under 2.5 goals scored in four of their last five matches on their travels.

Forebet predicts that Barcelona will move a step closer to retaining their crown as La Liga champions by recording a victory in a high scoring clash.

Predictions for La Liga

Home team - Away team Forebet
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Levante UDAtlético Madrid
18/05/2019 12:00
2
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RCD EspanyolReal Sociedad
18/05/2019 15:15
X
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Getafe CFVillarreal CF
18/05/2019 15:15
1
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Sevilla FCAthletic Bilbao
18/05/2019 15:15
1

Spain La Liga - predictions, tips, statistics
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. FC Barcelona 87 38 26 9 3 90 36 54
2. Atlético Madrid 76 38 22 10 6 55 29 26
3. Real Madrid 68 38 21 5 12 63 46 17
4. Valencia CF 61 38 15 16 7 51 35 16
5. Getafe CF 59 38 15 14 9 48 35 13
6. Sevilla FC 59 38 17 8 13 62 47 15
7. RCD Espanyol 53 38 14 11 13 48 50 -2
8. Athletic Bilbao 53 38 13 14 11 41 45 -4
9. Real Sociedad 50 38 13 11 14 45 46 -1
10. Real Betis 50 38 14 8 16 44 52 -8
11. Deportivo Alavés 50 38 13 11 14 39 50 -11
12. SD Eibar 47 38 11 14 13 46 50 -4
13. CD Leganes 45 38 11 12 15 37 43 -6
14. Villarreal CF 44 38 10 14 14 49 52 -3
15. Levante UD 44 38 11 11 16 59 66 -7
16. Real Valladolid 41 38 10 11 17 32 51 -19
17. Celta de Vigo 41 38 10 11 17 53 62 -9
18. Girona FC 37 38 9 10 19 37 53 -16
19. SD Huesca 33 38 7 12 19 43 65 -22
20. Rayo Vallecano 32 38 8 8 22 41 70 -29

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