The arena “Civitas Metropolitano” in Madrid will host the match of the next round of the championship of Spain. The local Atletico and Catalonia’s Barcelona will be competing. Teams are among the leaders of Spanish soccer and occupy the highest position. Specialists favor the visiting team. What do you need to know before the starting whistle?
In December 2022, the “mattresses” played two official matches. Firstly, Diego Simeone’s charges beat Arenteiro 3-1 away in the second round of the Spanish Cup. This was followed by a 2-0 home victory over Elche. The game ended with three suspensions. at the end of the first half, Elche’s Gonzalo Verdú received a straight red card. Mario Hermoso Canseco was given yellow cards on 50 and 53 minutes. The capital club took the lead on 56 minutes. Joao Felix got on the scoresheet. 74 minutes into the match, Alvaro Morata opened the scoring. Both assists were given to Antoine Griezmann. “Elche finished the game with nine men after Domingos Kean was sent off on 90 minutes.
The team has a total of 8 wins, 3 draws and 4 losses. The goal difference is 23:14. “Atletico plays better on the road. On the home arena, only 11 points and 13th place in the tournament. In 7 matches there are 3 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. The goal difference is 11:8.
In the first game after the break in the Spanish championship, Barcelona lost points at home against Espanyol. The game ended in a 1-1 draw. There were two suspensions and 15 yellow cards in the match. The Blue-Grenadiers took the lead on 7 minutes thanks to a goal from Marcos Alonso. The visitors equalized in the second half on 73 minutes. Joselu converted an 11-minute penalty. 78 minutes into the match Jordi Alba was sent off for the second yellow card. The first yellow card was given on 74 minutes. On 80 minutes, Vinicius Sousa earned a penalty for the guests.
After playing in a draw in the last round of La Liga, Xavi’s charges did not lose first place, but let Real Madrid come close. The teams are tied on points. The clubs have 38 points and the same winning balance: 12 wins, two draws and a defeat. Barcelona’s goal difference is 34-6. The Blue-Grenadiers concede the least in the championship. The team is in second place after “Real” in the away game. Barcelona has 18 points (6 wins and 1 defeat). Goal difference is 16:5.
This season the “mattresses” failed the first part of the championship. The team is in the top 4 of La Liga, but not competing for the championship. Failed also in European Cups. The team finished fourth in its Champions League group and failed to qualify for the playoffs. Last season Atletico defeated troubled Barcelona at home but in the current championship it will be difficult to take three points. Betting on the match: victory for Barcelona.