La Liga, Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid: Preview, Dream11 and stats
Barcelona will face a severe test against an in-form Atletico Madrid in gameweek 33 of La Liga 2019-20 season. The champions trail Real Madrid by two points and are in a must-win scenario to keep their hopes alive. If Barca draw or lose, Real could gain further advantage in race for La Liga honor. Here we present the match preview.
Barca have dropped points twice since the season's resumption
Since La Liga's resumption this month post a hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, Barcelona have dropped points in two matches. They drew 0-0 against Sevilla and were held 2-2 by Celta Vigo. This saw Real gaining impetus. Zinedine Zidane's side has won all five matches so far this month in La Liga. Barca have 69 points, whereas, Real have 71 under their belt.
Atletico have done reasonably well of late
Atletico were languishing outside the top four after 27 matches ahead of the season's resumption. However, in the last five games the side has gained momentum. Atletico started with a 1-1 draw against Bilbao but then sealed four successive wins. They beat Osasuna, Valladolid, Levante and Alaves. Atletico have conceded just twice in these five matches and are third in the table (58 points).
The key numbers ahead of a crunch battle
Barcelona have dropped 25 points on the road during this campaign, however, they have dropped just two points at home. Lionel Messi is looking to score his 700th career goal for club and country. Atletico have lost just four matches this season in La Liga. However, their fight for a title got hampered by 13 draws so far. They have conceded just 23 goals.
Dream11, timing, telecast and match prediction
Dream11 (4-3-3): Oblak; Lenglet, Semedo, Gimenez, Alba; Rakitic, Saul, Llorente; Suarez, Messi (c), Diego Costa (vc). The match will be played at the Camp Nou Stadium on Wednesday, July 1 at 1.30am IST. The match will not be aired in India, however, one can stream the match live on Facebook. Match prediction: 1-1.
La Liga, gameweek 33 fixtures
La Liga fixtures: Mallorca vs Celta Vigo, Leganes vs Sevilla, Barca vs Atletico, Alaves vs Granada, Valencia vs Bilbao, Valladolid vs Levante, Real Betis vs Villarreal, Sociedad vs Espanyol, Eibar vs Osasuna, Real Madrid vs Getafe.