Barcelona face a do or die fixture as they host Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou in what can be described as a title-deciding fixture.
Barcelona will be looking to boost their La Liga title hopes when they welcome league leaders Atletico Madrid to Camp Nou on Saturday afternoon for what is a huge contest to decide the Spanish title. A win for the hosts would put them a single point above Diego Simeone’s side which could ultimately result in Barca winning the La Liga title.2
Ronald Koeman‘s side will again be without the services of Philippe Coutinho and Ansu Fati due to long-term knee problems. Barcelona otherwise has a fully-fit squad, meaning that Koeman has a long list of players at his disposal to form the strongest eleven to take on Atletico Madrid.
In the defence, the key decision will be the choice between Ronald Araujo and Oscar Mingueza, with the former getting the nod to partner Gerard Pique and Clement Lenglet in the three-man central defensive unit. Sergino Dest and Jordi Alba ought to get the nod as the two wing-backs while there is no looking past Marc-Andre ter Stegen in the Barcelona goal.
The midfield trio of Frenkie de Jong, Pedri, and Sergio Busquets remains untouchable and will hold the key for Barcelona against Atletico. Busquets, who will receive defensive support from de Jong and Pedri, will aim to keep the defence in check, while de Jong and Pedri will also be in charge of providing the creative impetus higher up the pitch.
Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann have been in fine goalscoring form lately and are once again expected to lead the attack as the two forwards. Danish forward Martin Braithwaite was named in Ronald Koeman’s initial 23-man squad for the match against Atletico after recovering from an ankle sprain sustained in training last month will provide firepower from the bench if needed.