Atletico Madrid v Barcelona: Champions League match preview
A look ahead to Wednesday night's Champions League quarter-final second leg at Vicente Calderon
Wednesday 09 April 2014
After a tense first leg the top two in La Liga have everything to play for. Barcelona continue to trail Atletico by a single point in the league after they both won on Saturday, but will hope their greater Champions League experience will see them through.
Atletico have the advantage of a vital away goal, courtesy of a stunning strike from Diego, so the Catalans will have to score if they are to progress – something they failed to do when the sides met at Vicente Calderon earlier this season.
This match is not just the second leg of a crucial Champions League tie – it is the second of three fixtures that could shape the two sides’ seasons. They meet again, at the Nou Camp, on the final day of the Spanish League season, a game which could well decide the title.
KICK-OFF: Wednesday, 7.45pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
Barcelona 1 (Neymar) Atletico Madrid 1 (Diego), Champions League, April 2014
Atletico Madrid 0 Barcelona 0, La Liga, January 2014
Barcelona 0 Atletico Madrid 0, Super Cup, August 2013
The two clubs have drawn all four of their fixtures this season, sharing just four goals in the four matches.
Barcelona have won six of their last seven matches, Atletico seven of their last eight. The only game either of them did not win in that time was the drawn first leg.
Barcelona’s Xavi has completed an astonishing 936 passes so far in this season’s Champions League. That’s the most in the competition and more than double the number of Atletico’s most prolific passer Gabi, who has completed 455.
Both sides have scored 21 goals in their nine games in this season’s Champions League - the same number as Bayern Munich, and fewer than only Real Madrid and PSG.
Atletico have scored five goals from outside the area in this season’s competition, more than any other club.
Atletico have the best defensive record in both the Champions League (where they have conceded just 5 goals in 9 games) and La Liga (22 in 32).
Find odds using Betfair.com – always write them as decimals.
Atletico to win: 3.4
Barcelona to win: 2.15
TV: Live on Sky Sports 2 at 7.45pm (when match starts, not when programme starts), highlights on Sky Sports 1 at 12.15am Thursday
Latest in Sport
VIDEO: Did Marcos Maidana bite Floyd Mayweather during their bout?
Manchester United vs QPR comment: Glimpse of Radamel Falcao lifts United hearts but Daley Blind keeps things ticking
Hull City vs West Ham preview: Sam Allardyce backs Alex Song to inspire new team-mates
Rio Ferdinand: David Moyes's tactics were embarrassing and I wanted to grab him when he dropped me in front of Manchester United squad
Manchester United vs QPR player ratings: Who was the star man? Angel Di Maria? Daley Blind? Wayne Rooney?
- 1 British tourists 'murdered' in Thailand: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 2 Vivienne Westwood says 'Yes' to Scottish Independence by declaring: 'I hate England'
- 3 Welcome to Cameroon, where drinking Baileys can lead to imprisonment
- 4 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 5 Vogue under fire for 'Big Booty' article
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Salmond accused of laughing off national debt with ‘what are they going to do: invade?’ joke