Barcelona vs Atletico: Biggest battle on the cards
Leaders Barcelona take on second-placed Atletico Madrid for what is being termed as the biggest La Liga encounter this season. 5 points separate the two sides as Barca welcome Diego Simeone's men at Camp Nou. Barca have scored the highest number of goals (69) in La Liga this season. On the other hand, Atletico have conceded the least goals (11). Here's our pre-match report.
Form factor for both sides
Barcelona come from a midweek 1-1 draw against Las Palmas into Sunday's tie. The working class heroes of Simeone, meanwhile, thrashed Leganes 4-0 earlier this week. Barca haven't lost yet in La Liga after 26 matches, but three draws in the last five matches has allowed Atletico to close the gap. Atletico have won five in a row at the same time.
A tale of two goal scorers
Lionel Messi with 23 goals in La Liga this campaign will be the main thorn for Atletico. The Argentine scored from a free-kick in the midweek draw against Las Palmas. For Atletico, Antoine Griezmann is key after netting seven in last two matches.
What's in store for both the clubs?
There is plenty at stake for the two top teams in La Liga at the moment. The match is a top billing for a simple reason that it could tilt the balance. A win for Barca at home would significantly end Atletico's title push. A draw will keep the 5-point gap alive. A win for Atletico will give them the impetus.
When and where can you watch the tie
The match is scheduled at 8.45 pm IST. It is to be played at the Camp Nou and the match will be telecast in Sony Ten 2 and Sony Ten 2 HD. Current standings: Barca 1st- 66 points. Atletico 2nd- 61 points.