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Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona Spanish Primera Liga preview – SportsUntapped.com
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Added September 17th, 2010 by Ian

Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona Spanish Primera Liga preview
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The biggest game in Spanish La Liga this weekend is Atletico Madrid at home against Barcelona on Sept. 19 in what is an especially big game for the reigning champions after being embarrassed 2-0 at home against Hercules last weekend.

Atletico are on a bit of a roll after winning the Europa League last season and making the final of the Copa del Rey. They then won the European Super Cup at the start of this season with a 2-0 win over Inter Milan and have won their first two season games.

They sit on top of the Primera Division with six points, the same as co-leaders Valencia. If they keep it up, they’re going to give Barcelona and Real Madrid a run for their money this season. However, if they plan on challenging for the title, they need to show what they’ve got against Barcelona this Sunday.

The two teams have played some classic games against each other in the last few years and have scored 39 goals between them in their last seven league encounters. But it’s been Barcelona doing most of the damage with 5-2, 6-0, and 6-1 wins over Atletico. On the other side of the coin though, Atletico has won their past three home matches against them and have outscored them 10-5 over that stretch.

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta stated that it’s going to be a tough game as Atletico was the only team to beat them last season and they always seem to give the champions trouble. He added that Barcelona can’t afford to give them any chances as Atletico is one of the best teams in Europe at the moment. Atletico is hoping that striker Sergio Aguero will have recovered in time from his leg injury to play in the game.

Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona Betting Odds and Predictions

If these two teams can put on a scoring feat like they have done in recent games against each other then the fans should be in for a treat. Barcelona was humbled 2-0 last weekend, but then bounced back with an impressive 5-1 win over Greek side in Panathinaikos in the Champions League in midweek while Atletico Madrid lost 1-0 away to Greek club Aris Thessaloniki in the Europa League. Look for this game to end up in a draw, but it might be worth taking a chance on Atletico with the odds in your favour.

Sportsbook William Hill has the odds of an Atletico Madrid win listed at 18/5 while odds for a Barcelona victory are 4/6 and a draw is listed at 13/5.

 
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