Four days after losing 2-1 to Real Madrid in the El Clasico, Barcelona will be hoping to get back on track when they host Spanish rivals Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou this Tuesday for a first-leg Champions League Quarter-final encounter. Here is a brief soccer odds preview of this encounter, complete with free Champions League betting lines picks.
How To Bet the Barcelona vs. Atletico de Madrid UCL Quarter-final Soccer Odds, TV & Game InfoWhen: Tuesday, April 5, 2:45 pm ET Where: Camp Nou, Barcelona TV: BT Sport (UK), Fox Sports (USA) Soccer Odds: Barcelona win: 4/9, Draw: 10/3, Atletico Madrid win: 6/1
Why Bet on Barcelona
Despite falling to Real Madrid at the Camp Nou over the weekend, Barcelona have been one of the best teams in the nation, so bouncing back shouldn’t be an issue. Prior to the defeat, Barca had gone 39 straight games, underlining just how good Luis Enrique’s boys have been this year. Not to mention, the Catalans are six points clear of Atletico at the top of La Liga standings with seven games to go, meaning they are still in a good position to win the league. More notably, Barcelona have dominated Atletico in their recent meetings, winning the last six meetings between the two teams, and with the home advantage in this clash, they should be able to make it seven in a row.
Why Bet on Atletico
Though Atletico has not won any game against Barcelona since Luis Enrique joined the Catalans just under two years ago, Diego Simeone’s boys will come into this game feeling very capable of upsetting their hosts. For starters, Atletico knocked out Barcelona out this competition when the two teams met at the same stage two years ago. Also, the Madrid team boasts of arguably the best defense in the Champions League, something that is affirmed by the fact that Atletico have kept a clean sheet in five of their last six CL fixtures, so Barcelona will be hard-done in its efforts to find offensive fluency this Tuesday. Added to Atleti’s strong counter-attacking skills and the fact that the team is coming into this game on the back of a good run, including their 5-1 win over Real Betis over the weekend, you can be sure that Atletico will feature very strongly in this game.
Barcelona vs. Atletico de Madrid Predictions
Atletico de Madrid have lost their last five games against Barcelona by just 1 goal, and if history holds true, this game should also be a low-scoring affair, with Atleti’s defense frustrating the trident of Messi, Neymar and Suarez. That said, Barca will want to respond emphatically to the defeat to Real Madrid and Atleti has some injury concerns to deal with in the defense, so the Catalan giants should have some slight edge when all is said and done.
Final Score Prediction: Barcelona 2, Atletico 0.