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FC Barcelona vs Athletico Madrid 5 April 2016: Champions League Preview and Predictions

Game
1st Leg
Date & Time Tuesday April 5, 2016, 2:45 PM (EDT)
The Line
Home: 8/15 Draw: 16/5 Away: 13/2
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Soccer | 1st Leg

The Barcelona team have had a hectic schedule which included international games for most of their players as well as the el Classico. This strain was shown on their players in their last game when they lost to Real Madrid. This midweek they will have the chance to redeem themselves as they face the other Madrid team, Athletico, in the quarter finals of the Champions League.

Barcelona are considered by many to be considered the best in the world and their front three in Messi, Neymar and Suarez are going to be big players in this game. The midfield and defense are always solid but when the front three click (like the mostly do) then there is no stopping this team and I think Athletico Madrid will really have their work cut out. This game is at the Camp Nou and I think that is going to be a big advantage for the home side and I think the home side will want a big win here since taking it to the away leg against a team like Athletico Madrid might be too risky.

Athletico on the other hand will also feel confident that they can pull of an upset here although it is going to be quite tough. The Barcelona side are tough to beat but Athletico do have a solid defense and with the like of Griezeman upfront there is a chance that the visitors get something out of this match. That being said I still think Barcelona will get through with a win here.

Overall I think that this should be a great game and betting is very profitable here in my opinion. Barcelona are paying way too short a price to bet on so the goal line is where we will make our money. The under 2.5 goals is paying well and being a knockout fixture a 1-0 or 2-0 result is very possible so I shall take that as my bet for this match. 

Pick:
Under 2.5 Goals

Based in multiple cities around the world, Avijoy is a sports writer and handicapper with over 10 years experience. Avijoy has been at Sports Chat Place since 2015 and has been covering tennis, cricket and soccer. With a degree in statistics, Avijoy provides detailed mathematical edges which allow him to be successful in predicting winners on a consistent basis.   

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