Barcelona welcome Atletico Madrid to Camp Nou on Sunday as La Liga’s leaders host third place with Diego Simeone’s men eyeing second if bitter rivals Real Madrid slip up at any point. Xavi’s Barca have pretty much secured top spot ahead of both Real and Atleti but they cannot afford too many dropped points if they want to avoid some late doubt creeping in. As always, this is one of the Spanish game’s top fixtures and a prestigious battel between two teams with star studded rosters.
Here’s our storylines, how you can watch the match and more:
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How to watch and odds
- Date: Sunday, Apr. 23 | Time: 10:15 a.m. ET
- Location: Camp Nou — Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
- TV: ESPN | Live stream: fuboTV (try for free)
- Odds: Barca -110; Draw: +240; Atleti +320 (via Caesars Sportsbook)
Barca: History could be made with 15-year-old Lamine Yamal named in the squad ahead of what could be a record senior debut if the wonderkid is involved. Andreas Christensen remains out injured while Sergi Roberto has a hamstring problem which could rule him out for a while. Pedri, Ousmane Dembele and Frenkie de Jong are all closing on their returns and Xavi could go with Ansu Fati and Marcos Alonso from the start here. Jules Kounde could switch to right-back with Roberto injured while Alejandro Balde could drop back to fill Jordi Alba’s role to make space for Fati.
Possible Barca XI: Ter Stegen; Kounde, Araujo, Alonso, Balde; Kessie, Busquets (c), Gavi; Raphinha, Lewandowski, Fati.
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Atleti: Marcos Llorente and Geoffrey Kondogbia are both suspended while Memphis Depay is an injury doubt and Reinildo is a long-term absentee. Stefan Savic could return as Antoine Griezmann comes up against his former club while Alvaro Morata might also start.
Possible Atleti XI: Oblak; Hermoso, Savic, Gimenez; Molina, De Paul, Barrios, Koke (c), Carrasco; Morata, Griezmann.
This one should be fun with a few goals but Atleti have a great chance to turn up the pressure for second spot and are in great La Liga form with eight wins from their last nine. Cholo’s men could sneak an away win here to keep dreaming about second spot as Real prepare for another UEFA Champions League semifinal. Pick: Barca 1, Atleti 2.