Atletico Madrid will attempt to end Barcelona’s perfect record in La Liga on Saturday night, as Diego Simeone’s side welcome the Catalan giants to the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano.
Atletico have made a decent start to their La Liga campaign, winning four times and drawing three times. However, those draws will have frustrated everybody connected with the club from the Spanish capital.
Los Rojiblancos have produced typical solid defensive displays of late in La Liga, producing four clean sheets in their last five outings in the Spanish top-flight. At the end of the pitch, Atleti have struggled, though, as they have scored just four goals in as many La Liga outings.
Their recent record against Barcelona is not a great one either, as they have beaten the Catalan visitors once in the last ten meetings in all competitions. One positive heading into this game is that Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has faced Diego Simeone 11 times in their managerial careers and the Argentinian has recorded eight wins, while Spaniard is yet to claim a victory.
Barcelona could not have enjoyed a better start to their La Liga campaign, having won all seven of their La Liga games so far this season. Valverde’s side have done it in style too, scoring at least twice in all seven of those aforementioned wins.
The visitors have a good recent away record, having won their last four away games in all competitions, while also winning their last six away games in La Liga.
The Catalan giants have also beaten Atletico in seven of the last ten meetings in all competitions, suffering just one defeat in the process. The visitors also won on their last two visits to Atletico Madrid, although both of those wins came at Los Rojiblancos’ old stadium the Vicente Calderon.
For me, this is going to be a tight game, as games between these two teams usually are. However, I do believe that Barcelona’s momentum will see them record a maiden victory at the Wanda Metropolitano.