Barcelona Vs Atletico Madrid Preview, Line Ups, Match Info

Preview: Atlético Madrid vs Barcelona

Reigning La Liga champs come into this game having beaten AC Milan 2-1 in the Champions League, which was the perfect tonic following a surprise 1-0 loss to Deportivo in the league last weekend. That defeat marked the first in the league for Los Rojiblancos, and as a result, they've slipped down to fourth in the table, three points behind cross town rivals Real Madrid. However, despite this, they'll be fancying their chances against Barcelona, especially considering the nightmare the Blaugrana have been enduring the entire season.

Ronald Koeman's side may still be unbeaten in La Liga, with three points and three draws from their first six earning them 12 points and seeing the Catalan giants sitting in sixth place. Their foray into the Champions League, however, has been an utter disaster. First was a 3-0 loss to Bayern, which, given how die Roten have dominated proceedings between the two sides for quite some time, was hardly a shock; in fact, the only surprise was that Bayern didn't score more goals. But their recent 3-0 loss to Benfica, a team which had never beaten them before in European competition pretty much looks set to have spelled the end of Koeman's tenure at the Camp Nou.

Koeman actually won't be managing the team for this upcoming tie due to a two-match ban, but the pressure will still be on Barcelona to get a result here, especially given the diaster from their midweek fixture. While they earned a 3-0 win over Levante, they've also dropped points against Granada and Cadiz recently, and will be taking on a team who they've failed to beat in their last three meetings.

In fact, Atleti recorded a 1-0 win in this same match last season, while holding the Blaugrana to a scoreless draw in the reverse fixture, so on paper, at least, the tie looks tipped in the hosts' favor. That being said, Barcelona still do have the players to cause some trouble, and with that in mind, Los Rojiblancos won't be taking their upcoming visitors too lightly - regardless of their struggles in Europe's premier club competition as as of late.

Team news: Atlético Madrid vs Barcelona

Atlético Madrid: Simeone pretty much has a full-strength squad available, save for English international Kieran Trippier, who was subbed off during the clash against Milan and may be in doubt for Saturday's game.

Barcelona: Sergio Aguero, Jordi Alba, Martin Braithwaite, and Ousmane Dembele are all definite absentees for the visitors, while youngster Ansu Fati may be rested as he's only just returned after a long-term injury lay-off due to knee surgery. In addition, Alejandro Balde, who's still battling his way back to fitness following a back injury, may not be featured here, either.

Match facts: Atlético Madrid vs Barcelona

  • Atleti are unbeaten in their last three meetings with Barcelona
  • H2H between Atleti and Barcelona: W51 D42 L75
  • Barcelona haven't beaten Atletico Madrid in Madrid since December 2019

Where to watch Atlético Madrid vs Barcelona live on October 2, 2021

Atlético Madrid vs Barcelona kick off at 12:00 PST/15:00 EST/20:00 BST/21:00 CET

USA: ESPN+

Spain: Movistar Laliga 1, Movistar Laliga, Movistar+

UK: LaLigaTV

Australia: beIN SPORTS 3, Kayo Sports

Canada: TSN App, TSN.ca, TSN5

Live elsewhere? Here's where to watch Atlético Madrid vs Barcelona live from your current location:

Atlético Madrid vs Barcelona Broadcast Information

Kick-off time: Saturday 2 October 3:00pm ET / 8:00pm BST / 9:00pm CET
Stadium: Estadio Wanda Metropolitano (Madrid)
Australia: Foxtel Now, beIN SPORTS 3, Kayo Sports
Canada: TSN5, TSN App, TSN.ca
France: beIN Sports 1, beIN SPORTS CONNECT, Free
Germany: DAZN, DAZN1
India: JioTV, MTV India, Voot Select
Indonesia: beIN Sports Connect Indonesia, beIN Sports 1 Indonesia
Malaysia: beIN Sports Connect Malaysia, beIN Sports Malaysia
Netherlands: Ziggo Sport 14, Ziggo Sport Select
Nigeria: DStv Now, Startimes Sports Premium, Canal+ Sport 3 Afrique, SuperSport Laliga Nigeria, StarTimes App
Portugal: Eleven Sports 1 Portugal
Spain: Movistar Laliga, Movistar+, Movistar Laliga 1
Turkey: S Sport+, D-Smart GO, Spor Smart
United Kingdom: LaLigaTV
United States: ESPN App, ESPN+

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