Two La Liga heavyweights locks horn in the marquee league match of La Liga Santander Matchday 8 after their European conquest in the midweek. Atletico Madrid, who won away from home at San Siro on Tuesday, will pit their wits once again against a beleaguered Barcelona, who was thumped by Benfica on Wednesday. With Barcelona fans protesting for Ronald koeman sack, Saturday's game will provide another opportunity for the Dutchman, to make amends and return his side to winning ways.
Ahead of the match at Wan Metropolitan on Saturday, 2nd September, 00:00pm (GMT +1), Let's look at Both Teams updates, their previous meetings in this fixture, their recent forms, likely formations and Predicted Match day result.
ATLETICO MADRID Team Updates
Thomas Lemar is injured, while Joao Felix is back from suspension. Kieran Tripper was substituted in the first half of the game against AC Milan and may likely miss the game. Stefan Savic was suspended for the Champions League clash but will return on Saturday. Diego Simeone has a full squad to pile more pressure on Koeman's perilous position as head coach.
GoalKeepers: Jan Oblak, B. Lecomte.
Defenders: Gimenez, Felipe, Hermoso, Kieran Trippier, S. Vrsaljko, Renan Lodi.
Midfielders: Marcos Llorente, G. Kondogbia,Koke, De Paul, Y. Carrasco, H. Herrera.
Forwards: Joao Felix, Suarez, Joao Felix, Angel Correa, M. Cunha, A. Griezimann, I. Saponjic.
Barcelona Team Updates
Jordi Alba and Alejandro Balde are both out with injuries, while Martin Braithwaite, Sergio Aguero and Ousmane Dembele are long term absentees. Gerald Pique was substituted in the first half in a tactical decision. Frankie de Jong should be back after been sent off in the game against Cadiz on 23rd September.
GoalKeepers: Marc-Andre Ter Stegen, Neto, Inaki Pena.
Defenders: Gerard Pique, Eric Garcia, C. Lenglet, Samuel Umtiti, Ronald Araujo, Oscar Mingueza, Sergino Dest.
Midfielders: Sergio Busquets, Frankie de Jong, Philippe Coutinho, Riqui Puig, Pablo Gavi.
Forwards: Ansu Fati, Luuk De Dong, Memphis Depay, Yusuf Demir.
Recent Meetings Between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, And Their Recent Forms.
Out of the 54 games between the Atletico Madrid and Barcelona, Atletico Madrid have won 12-times and drawn 15-times, while Barcelona have triumphed 27-times.
The past seven(7) meetings between Atletico Madrid and Barcelona at Vicente Calderon and Wan Metropolitan have ended in two(2) wins, three(3) draws and two(2) defeats.
Atletico Madrid have started the season in a mixed fashion but sit 4th in La Liga table with 14 points after Seven(7) league matches. Their win over AC Milan will provide a much needed boost for Diego Simeone's team ahead of Saturday's game.
For Barcelona, they are unbeaten in La Liga but have lost back to back in this season's UEFA Champions league, an unwanted record they have only set twice in their history. They sit 12th with 12 points in the La Liga table but have played a game less.
Likely Formations To Be Deployed By Diego Simeone
Diego Simeone is likely to use a 3-5-2 Formation in an all defensive and attack minded aggressive football. Savic is likely to return in a back three that includes Felipe and J. Gimenez. With Kieran Trippier likely to miss out, S. Vrsaljko is likely to start in the right wingback while Renan Lodi or Carrasco starts in the left side wingback. Kondogbia is likely to continue in the holding midfield and will be flanked by Captain Koke and Marcos Llorente in the central Midfield areas. Upfront, Griezmann is likely to start alongside Luis Suarez.
Atletico Madrid 3-5-2 Line Ups
Likely Formations To Be Deployed By Ronald Koeman
Ronald Koeman may likely opt for a 4-3-3 Formation. Marc-andre Ter Stegen is likely to start in between the goal post. Gerard Pique should be partnered by the more composed Ronald Araujo in the central defence. Sergino Dest in the right side defence, while Oscar Mingueza should deputise in the left side as Jordi alba and Alejandro Balde. In the midfield three, Sergio Busquets is likely to start in the holding midfield alongside Frankie de Jong and Pedri in the central Midfield areas, while Phillipe Coutinho should start in the No.10 role behind Memphis Depay and Ansu Fati.
Barcelona 4-3-1-2 Line Ups
Predicted Match Result
A beleaguered Barcelona will head into this fixture knowing a victory will ease some pressure off Ronald Koeman if he is to remain after the October International week. Atletico Madrid will be keen to win this fixture and maintain the pressure on Leaders Real Madrid and are more likely to win this fixture. For Griezmann, it offers him the opportunity to show his glimpses after his ill fated stint with the Blaugranes.
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