Atletico Madrid hosts Barcelona that arrive without defense – 14.02

Atletico Madrid – Barcelona 2-1

AtleticoMvs Barca

14th February- 20:00 GMT

Atletico Madrid

  • Atletico’s results have improved  under Quique Sanchez Flores but despite impressive run in the Copa del Rey, their Primera Division form has been mediocre.
  • In 2010 they have lost two of their four league games
  • In September they’ve been smashed by Barcelona 5-2 at the Nou Camp
  • They probably will save the season through the Copa del rey and earn a ticket for Europe next year, while they don’t have a chance for  the top six positions in Primera Division
  • But they still need points from this game to avoid  any thoughts of a shock relegation.
  • Atletico Madrid defense  is by far the weakest link in the team, as they managed to keep a clean sheet only against Espanyol
  • The Coach has almost full squad to choose from – the only missing is the injured Pablo Ibanez and Jose Antonio Reyes

Barcelona

  • Barcelona have no problems in the attack – they are the team with best scoring record across Europe.
  • Coach Guardiola has a major defensive headaches with lot of of players out;
  • Gerard Pique and Rafael Marquez picked up  red cards in the 2-1 win over Getafe last week;
  • Besides his centrebacks Abidal, Dani Alves, Chigrinski and Toure are injured;
  • Good news is that Puyol will be back after suspension, but I cannot even guess who will play with him at the back line;
  • Messi has been in amazing scoring form in recent weeks with 12 goals in his last 9 matches
  • With Xavi, Iniesta, Messi, Ibrahimovic and Thierry Henry you should  expect them to score at least 1 goal to the poor  defence of Atletico M

MY PREDICTION – BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE with possible result 1-2

FINAL RESULT 2-1

9′ [1 – 0] D. Forlan
23′ [2 – 0] Simao
27′ [2 – 1] Z. Ibrahimovic

SELECTED ODDS for GG – 1.50 from EUROBET

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