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
Arsenal team news: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain fails late fitness test as Harry Redknapp makes five changes for QPR
Manchester United vs Newcastle match report: Brilliant Wayne Rooney scores twice to fire up United's unlikely title challenge
Arsenal vs QPR player ratings: Could anyone outshine new Gunners hero Alexis Sanchez and who was worse than villain Olivier Giroud?
Manchester United 3 Newcastle 1: 'I'm playing like Paul Scholes,' says Wayne Rooney
Sports Quiz of the Year 2014: The Questions
- 2 Exclusive: Abusers using spyware apps to monitor partners reaches 'epidemic proportions'
- 3 Andy Murray takes to Twitter to show off his Christmas jumper
- 4 Margaret Thatcher 'expressed fears of Asian rising' at Anglo-Irish summit in 1984
British actor Idris Elba cannot star as James Bond because he is black, says shock jock Rush Limbaugh
Rozanne Duncan: Ukip expels councillor for 'jaw-dropping' comments made in BBC TV interview
Germany anti-Islam protests: 17,000 march on Dresden against 'Islamification of the West'
Ukip member gets into Christmas spirit with Union Flag plea to Santa 'for our country back'
BBC director Danny Cohen: Rising UK antisemitism makes me feel more uncomfortable than ever
Katie Hopkins speaks out on childhood obesity: 'Parents of fat children should be prosecuted for child cruelty'