Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid 01/21/2015 Copa Del Rey Preview,Odds and Prediction
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona
Wednesday 21th January 2015 21:00(GMT)
The Line: Barcelona 11/25 Draw 7/2 Atletico Madrid 6/1 See the Latest Odds
TV: Sky Sports 5; Bein Sports; NBC Sports
Action from the Nou Camp on Wednesday as Barcelona take on Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Copa Del Rey quarter final. Luis Enrique's side have now won four in a row and were impressive in their last three outings which included a 3-1 win in the Nou Camp against Atletico Madrid. On that evening lionel Messi was exceptional and proved the difference between the two teams with two assists and a goal. Messi hit another hat trick at the weekend and will look to carry that form into this game as atletico have proven over recent games to be a tough nut to crack. Neymar and Suarez are also coming into their own and the form of Barcelona's big three is promising for the Catalans as the season comes into the business end of the season. One of the best signings for Barcelona this year has been Rakitic though as the Croatian midfielder has been excellent , his continued improvement along with the form of the front three could see Barcelona finish the season with a number of trophies.
Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone will be looking for performances from his side similar to the ones they put in against Real Madrid in the last round. The return of the prodigal son Fernando Torres was greeted in Madrid with much hype and love, the truth is that he now looks at home again and his two goals against Real were an indication that his form is coming back. With Mandzukich, Greizmann, Torres, Koke and Turan this team is more than capable of getting through this tie over two legs. Look for Atletico to be solid at the back tonight and try to defend deep and not allow Messi and co the space to create anything.
I'm going to take Atletico +1 here. I think the draw is a great bet. I thought the same in the league game and to be fair Messi and Barcelona proved me wrong.But Simeone is a great tactician and I think he gets it right tonight as Atletico look to bring the tie back to Madrid on level terms. I like the underdogs here to get out of the Nou Camp with a draw.