La Liga’s (LL) just leftover unbeaten group, Atlético Madrid, face an extreme test here as they take on a Barcelona side that, albeit frustrating this season, are as yet unbeaten in ten of the last 11 serious H2Hs (W5, D5, L1). Anyway, the hosts have their secret weapon – an uncommon guard that is yielded an association low two objectives up until now, and therefore the best concession rate (0.29 per installation) over Europe’s main five divisions in front of this game week.
That has been upheld up with an assault that has gotten a normal of 3.0 objectives per LL home game (W3, D1), helping Atlético clear a – 1 debilitation in each of the three of their successes. Truth be told the hosts are unbeaten in 18 straight serious home matches (W14, D4), and stunningly surrendered the opener on only two events during that period.
Sitting in a baffling eighth spot in spite of whipping Betis 5-2 in the past round, the last time Barcelona had decisively 11 focuses after seven games return in 2002/03, a season in which they completed in 6th – their joint-most noticeably awful group position since a twelfth put to finish in 1941/42. In any case, they travel here unbeaten in four serious matches (W3, D1) subsequent to mesh the opener before the 25th moment in three.
Out and about, notwithstanding, they’ve surrendered the opener in two straight LL games, and will be edgy to amend that here as the group that is scored first has gone unbeaten in Barça’s last ten LL away matches, and the last six H2Hs held here.
Players to watch: In-structure João Félix has scored six objectives over his last four appearances for Atlético – the same number of as he got in the 26 earlier. In the interim, previous Atlético man Antoine Griezmann has scored after HT in Barcelona’s last two LL games.
Hot streak: Atlético’s unbeaten 23-game LL run (W14, D9) is their best ever, and the fourth-longest spat the competition’s set of experiences.