Atlético Madrid vs Barcelona, La Liga: Team News, Match Preview
Xavi Hernandez has a sole task for the remainder of the LaLiga Santander campaign, and that is for Barcelona to challenge for the domestic title, and they will resume their campaign with a tricky away trip to Atletico Madrid.
Diego Simeone's charges have been struggling with an identity crisis throughout the 2022/23 season, which has contributed to a significant decline in results.
The club are hoping to back their coach to ensure the team's successful style remains effective, hence why Joao Felix has been put on the market, despite his incredible natural talent.
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona predicted line-ups
The hosts have no real injury concerns to speak of, with Simeone boasting virtually a full array of talent for the match with the Blaugrana.
Xavi, on the other hand, is regretting a lack of discipline from his players as both Jordi Alba and Robert Lewandowski will be unavailable for the match through suspension.
Atletico Madrid's predicted line-up (4-4-2): Jan Oblak, Nahuel Molina, Jose Gimenez, Mario Hermoso, Yannick Carrasco, Thomas Lemar, Koke, Marcos Llorente, Axel Witsel, Alvaro Morata, Antoine Griezmann
Barcelona's predicted line-up (4-3-3): Marc-Andre ter Stegen, Jules Kounde, Andreas Christensen, Eric Garcia, Marcos Alonso, Sergio Busquets, Gavi, Pedri, Raphinha, Memphis Depay, Ousmane Dembele
When does Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona start?
This Sunday's match between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona kicks off at 21:00 CET, the local time in Spain. For those living in the UK, you can tune in at 20:00 BST. For American viewers, the LaLiga Santander clash will begin at 15:00 ET/12:00 PT.
Where to watch Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona?
The LaLiga Santander meeting between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona will take place at the Estadio Civitas Metropolitano on Sunday, January 8. For those living in the UK you can watch the game on LaLiga TV, while viewers in the USA can tune in via ESPN+ and ESPN Deportes.
The Red and Whites are 3-2-1 in their past six meetings with Barcelona, including a 2-0 league victory last season at Wanda Metropolitano. They have hit a rough patch in league play but have beaten their past four opponents 9-1, including three Copa del Rey victories. Atletico got goals from Joao Felix and Alvaro Morata against Elche to snap a league winless streak that dated to Oct.
23 (0-2-1). Their only previous La Liga losses came to Real Madrid and Villarreal. Morata (six league goals) and Antoine Griezmann (five) pace an attack that should be spurred on by the home crowd.
Barca haven't been allowing many goals, but five of their six conceded have come away from home. Atletico have the fourth-most goals in La Liga (23) and have conceded the fourth-fewest (14).
They have allowed 48 shots on target, third-fewest in the league. They put almost 37% of their shots on target (fifth-highest in La Liga) while opponents hit the target 28% of the time (third-lowest). Atletico lead the league in tackles (288) and tackles won (174) and are fifth in blocks (154) and should frustrate Barcelona's attackers. They also will obviously benefit from Lewandowski's absence.
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