Saturday, May 11, 2013

Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona 12-05-2013 La Liga

Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona - Spanish Primera Division

Atletico Madrid will come into the game with Barcelona from a very packed week, after having played Celta Vigo on Wednesday. Before the game with Celta Vigo, Atletico Madrid finished the game against Deportivo La Coruna in a goalless draw. They have a fantastic home record, but their motivation might waver slightly with the Copa Del Rey final against Real Madrid next week.
 Atletico held high hopes of finishing second in La Liga this season, and thus temporarily ending the dominance of the big two, Barcelona and their neighbours and bitter rivals Real Madrid. However, their form has dipped in the latter half of the season, and an over-reliance on the goals of Radamel Falcao has meant that they haven't picked up too many points when the Colombian hasn't scored. Falcao will almost certainly leave the Estadio Vicente Calderón in the summer, meaning that Atletico must act decisively to satisfactorily replace him.
Barcelona go into Sunday's game knowing that three points will secure them the league title.Their La Liga success could already be sealed if Real Madrid fail to win on Saturday night, but manager Tito Vilanova will call on his side to put on a professional performance in Spain's capital city.
Lionel Messi came off the bench to score twice last week, and it is expected that he will be recalled to the starting lineup.

Possible line-ups:
 Atletico Madrid (4-4-2): Courtois – Juanfran, Godin, Miranda, Filipe Luis – Koke, Tiago, Gabi, Adrian – Falcao, Costa.
Barcelona (4-3-3): Valdes – Alves, Pique, Adriano, Alba – Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta – Sanchez, Messi, Pedro.

Match date: 12 May 2013
Kick Off Time: 17:00 GMT
Venue: Estadio Vicente Calderón - Madrid
Referee:‬ Pedro Pérez‎