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Atletico Madrid v Barcelona Betting Preview: Low-scoring draw on the cards

posted by David Nugent
Atletico Madrid v Barcelona Betting Preview: Low-scoring draw on the cards

Two La Liga giants clash in the Champions League quarter-final second leg on Wednesday night, as Atletico Madrid host European champions Barcelona at the Vicente Calderon.

Atletico Madrid v Barcelona

UEFA Champions League Quarter-Final 2nd Leg

Kick-off 19:45

Live on BT Sport Europe / BT Sport Europe HD

The first leg of this tie finished 2-1 in favour of Barcelona, after Fernando Torres had opened the scoring for the visitors and then got himself dismissed. Barcelona’s top scorer Luis Suarez then netted a brace.

Atletico will know that Luis Enrique’s side have stumbled of late and have a major chance to make it to the semi-finals of this competition this season.

The fact that a 1-0 win will put them through will give Diego Simeone’s side great hope, as they have conceded less than any team in the Spanish top-flight this season. The men from the Spanish capital look perfectly set-up to counter-act Barcelona and can be backed at odds of 12/5 with Bet365 to defeat the Catalan giants.

French forward Antoine Griezmann has been the one to watch this season in attack for Atletico and is odds of 7/2 with Betfred to score at any point of this game.

Barcelona’s seemingly endless run of form has come to an abrupt end, as Lionel Messi and co have now lost consecutive games in La Liga. It seems too early to write the European champions off, but they do not seem to now carry the same air of invincibility of a month or so ago.

The Catalan giants will be confident of a victory in the Spanish capital though, as they have beat Simeone’s side in the last seven meetings in all competitions.

The European champions can be backed at odds of 13/10 to win this clash with William Hill.

Big Tip

For me this game is likely to be a low scoring affair, as Barcelona are encountering a slight blip in form and Atletico are very solid in defence. Back the draw in this one at odds of 5/2 at Bet365.

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