Sunday 17th May 2015, Vincente Calderon Stadium. Live on Sky Sports 5. Kick-Off 6:00pm.
Barcelona have the chance to claim their 23rd La Liga title with a win on Sunday evening but it won’t be easy as they are hosted by last season’s champions Atletico Madrid.
The Catalan club are four points clear of second-placed Real Madrid with only two games remaining so a win this weekend will see Luis Enrique’s side reclaim their crown.
Their run to the brink has seen them win 17 of their last 18 outings in all competitions, drawing the other 2-2 at Sevilla. Their defensive record has also been impeccable of late having not conceded in their last seven games.
Following their 2-0 victory over Real Sociedad last weekend, manager Enrique lauded his team’s performance against a good defensive outfit.
”We knew the difficulty of the game,” he told fcbarcelona.com. “We played a very good first half and we created chances. The second half was intense, we wore them down a bit and increased our chances of winning.”
“We played well in a game in which our rivals defended well. It was a complete game and we earned it.”
“I don’t think the game was ever in jeopardy. We were good physically.”
Atletico Madrid were crowned La Liga champions courtesy of a 1-1 draw against Sunday’s opposition but the they’ve failed to keep up with the pace this time around, sitting in third, 13 points adrift from the top.
Diego Simeone’s side were held last time out, 2-2 against Levante, but showed the fighting spirit renowned with the Argentine’s side by leveling from behind twice.
Despite being disappointed with not claiming the win, the 45-year-old was pleased with his side’s unbeaten run being extended to 13 games and still having a four-point cushion in the top three spots.
“I think it is a good result,” he said. “We did all we could to try to win the game.
“When a team plays well, it has chances to score and it comes back twice from a negative situation, it speaks highly of how competitive the team is.”
Despite Atletico’s 13-game unbeaten run it is difficult to see past Barcelona, who are 14 games unbeaten away from home in all competitions, securing the title with a game to spare. Their main hindrance, however, could be fatigue having a midweek Champions League Semi-Final second leg fixture against German champions Bayern Munich but they should have enough to see the job through. Back a Barca win with Coral at 4/5.
Barcelona to win 4/5 (Coral)