Barcelona vs Atletico Madrid 04/05/2016 UEFA Champions League Preview, Pick & Where to Watch
Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona
Tuesday 5th April 2016 14:45 (ET)
The Line: Barcelona 11/25 Draw 3/1 Atletico Madrid 13/2 See the Latest Odds
TV: Bt Sport ; ESPN; Fox Soccer
An all Spanish quarter final in the UEFA Champions League will see Atletico Madrid travel to the Camp Nou to take on the competiton favourites and reigning champions Barcelona.
This one is a really interesting match up. Of all the teams left in the competition I personally think Atletico Madrid represent the best value to the punter at 23/1 Diego Simeone's side have quality throughout the squad and have the discipline to stay focused on the job at hand. Atletico are heavily reliant on Antoine Greizmann who has managed nineteen league goals this season and been Atletico's best player offensively. While you cant win games without scoring a goal and Greizmann, Torres and Koke will all have important roles to play the key man for this match up is going to be Diego Godin. Firstly he must stay on the field for both games and playing against Suarez, Messi and Neymar it's going to be difficult for any centre half. Given that Godin knows Suarez well from International duty and will play on the edge in this one. Atletico must find a way to stop Messi but having watched El Classico at the weekend Barcelona did look a little leg weary and Atletico will have taken some positives from Real Madrid's win in the Nou Camp.
As the reigning Champions Barcelona have been excellent this season. Barca easily accounted for Arsenal in the last sixteen winning both games, inspired by Lionel Messi. Messi is one of the two best players in the world. Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi are redefining football as we know it and are becoming players who score more goals per season that games played. It is not a normal thing and we should be thanking our lucky stars that we get to see both players in their prime going up against each others so often. Alongside Messi though Barcelona have plenty of attacking talent with Luis Suarez and Neymar both exceptional footballers and that front three are probably the best front three in football at the moment.
For me this game is going to come down to Atletico 's defence against Barcelona's front three. If Atletico can contain Barca's front three and hit them on the counter then we could see a big upset here. While I'm not going to count on Atletico being able to handle Barcelona for the ninty minutes I am going to take Atletico +.5 in the first half handicap. I think this is going to be a really intriguing tactical game and Diego Simeone for my money more often than not gets his tactics right.