Barcelona will play away against Atlético Madrid in the 16th round of the championship of Spain. The match will take place on January 8, starting at 20:00 GMT.
La Liga 2022-23
Atlético Madrid are in fourth place in the La Liga standings after 15 rounds with 27 points. For 15 rounds, the club scored 23 goals with 14 missed.
A few days ago, the club won a guest victory over Oviedo (2-0) and advanced to the next round of the Spanish Cup.
Atlético’s winning streak is already four games. But at the same time, it is important to understand that the Madrid club did not have serious rivals in this segment.
Barcelona lead the La Liga table after 15 games played, in which they scored 38 points. The club is ahead of Real Madrid in additional indicators.
Earlier this week, Barcelona played a Copa del Rey match against Intercity, where the team narrowly secured a 4-3 win after extra time.
Before that, Barcelona failed to beat Espanyol in the Spanish Championship with a score (1-1). In general, the club did not play the best first matches after the break, but Xavi is confident that the situation is under control.
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Head to Head
The two rivals have played each other 238 times in competition since their first meeting in the Copa del Rey in 1925. Barcelona lead 106-76 with 56 draws.
The last meeting of the two teams took place within the framework of the Spanish championship, where Barcelona won at home with a score (4-2).
Barcelona have won only one of their previous five matches against Atlético Madrid. At the same time, the last two meetings in Madrid ended with the victories of the Madrid Club.
It is assumed that it is the defense that will come to the fore. The match will be fairly even.
Prediction for this match: Atletico Madrid to score first.