Barcelona v Athletico Madrid Betting Preview

A game that could have a massive say on the La Liga title takes place this weekend as the top two teams in the league, Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, meet at the Nou Camp.

Barcelona are currently six points clear of Atletico and know that another win here would make them the huge favourites to regain the trophy. However, Atletico can move themselves right back into contention with all three points.

Tito Vilanova will be delighted with the way in which his side have gone about their business in the Spanish top flight this campaign. They have only dropped two points all season and look to be the strongest team in the division.

Lionel Messi continues to break records as well and he has now become the player with the most goals in a calendar year as he has found the net 86 times in 2012.

Vilanova knows what a big game this is, but if his men are at their best and the fans inside at the Nou Camp get behind them, then Barca should be a safe bet for the win. They are certainly the favourites with the bookmakers as they are at 1/3 with Boylesports.

As for Atletico Madrid, they had the perfect response to their defeat against Real Madrid at the start of the month as they thrashed Deportivo La Coruna 6-0 last time out.

Radamel Falcao scored an incredible five goals in the match and he will need to be at his clinical best on Sunday evening to help his team try to get a result here.

Diego Simeone will be aware of the talent that Barcelona have in their squad – but if he wants his side to make a title challenge, they need some points here.

Atletico could represent some great value for the win as well as they are at a massive 10/1 with BetVictor. Only Real Madrid have picked up points at the home of the Catalan club this season, but this side from the capital certainly have the players capable of causing an upset.

Betting on the correct score market might be popular for this one and at the moment the bookies seem the think that a 2-0 win for Barcelona is the most likely as it is available at 15/2 with William Hill.

Atletico can then be backed at 30/1 with 188bet to claim a 2-1 victory.

It is tough to look past Barcelona winning this one with the form they are in, but we think some bets on them making it hard work could be the way to go.

The away side winning at half-time but the hosts taking the soils had odds of 22/1 at Sportingbet.

A scintillating 90 minutes of La Liga action awaits and entertainment is all but guaranteed between these two teams full of quality.

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