Primera Division Gameweek 8
Oct 2, 2021 KO: 19:00

Atletico Madrid - Barcelona

Estadio Wanda Metropolitano Madrid
Referee: César Soto
Lemar 23'  
Suárez 44'  

Match preview

How Atletico Madrid and Barcelona could line up in La Liga showdown

The biggest match of the season so far in La Liga takes place on Saturday, with Atletico and Barcelona set to battle

Atletico Madrid take on Barcelona at the Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday evening with both teams desperate to pick up points to keep up the pace with Real Madrid.

Los Colchoneros have won four out of their opening seven games in La Liga so far and last week suffered their first defeat of the campaign - a 1-0 loss against Alaves.

Barca, meanwhile, are unbeaten but have only won half of their six games, drawing the other three versus Athletic Bilbao, Granada and Cadiz.

The Blaugrana's season went from bad to worse during the week as they were defeated 3-0 in the Champions League by Benfica, whereas Atletico earned a positive 2-1 result away at Milan.

Diego Simeone has only one injury concern and that is Kieran Trippier as the England international was forced off before half-time in Milan.

Should he be unfit to play, then Marcos Llorente could be asked to play at right-back alongside Jose Gimenez, Stefan Savic and Renan Lodi.

Jan Oblak will start in goal.

If Simeone goes with a 4-4-2 again, Rodrigo De Paul could be asked to play on the right instead of Llorente, wth Koke and Geoffrey Kondogbia in the middle and Yannick Carrasco on the left.

Antoine Griezmann scored his first goal since returning to the club against Milan, so he might be selected to partner Luis Suarez instead of Angel Correa.

As for Barcelona, Ronald Koeman is now under major pressure to deliver results and any defeat here could spell the end for the Dutchman.

A back three was expiremented with against Benfica but we will likely see a 4-3-3 against Atletico, with Sergi Roberto at right-back, Gerard Pique and Ronald Araujo in the middle and Sergino Dest on the left.

Frenkie de Jong, Sergio Busquets and Pedri will likely start in the midfield three, with Philippe Coutinho and Memphis Depay supporting Luuk de Jong in attack.

Ansu Fati has returned from injury but the club are being careful with his recovery so we will probably only see him from the bench.

Ousmane Dembele, Sergio Aguero, Jordi Alba, Martin Braithwaite, and Alejandro Balde are injured.

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  Average Match Rating  
7.3
  Home  
6.7
6.2
  Away  
7.2
6.7
  Total  
7.0

Match statistics

Atletico Madrid
Statistics
Barcelona
Games Played
20
20
 
Results
 
Wins
12
10
Draws
5
5
Losses
3
5
 
Goals Scoring
 
Goals Scored
28
39
Goals Per Game
1.40
1.95
More > 2.5 Goals
10
14
More > 3 Goals
2
6
Scored First in a Match
8
11
Scored Both Halves
3
5
Won More > 1 Goal
2
5
 
Other
 
Goals Conceded
14
26
Did Not Score
5
4
Both Teams Scored
10
12
Kept Clean Sheet
8
6
Won Without Conceding
5
4
Games Played
20
20
 
Possession
 
Touches
677
901
Possession
52
68
Passes
500
733
 
Attacking
 
Total Shots
13
13
Shots on Target
4.45
5.68
Goals out of Shots
0.11
0.15
Crosses
17
13
Offsides
3.00
2.06
Penalties
0.05
0.10
 
Defensive
 
Clean Sheets
0.40
0.30
Tackles Won
-
-
Clearances
12
8.92
Interceptions
9.45
9.25
Own Goals
0.00
0.05
Aerials Won
14
11
Total Shots Conceded
8.16
10
Shots on Target Conceded
3.00
3.70
Goals out of Shots Conceded
0.12
0.15
 
Discipline
 
Fouls
12
11
Yellow Cards
2.85
2.20
Red Cards
0.05
0.05

Injuries

  1. Calf/Shin Injury image description
  2. Knee Injury image description
  3. Tendon injury image description
  4. Knee Injury image description
  5. Back Injury image description