Atletico Madrid can finish Ronald Koeman’s job as Barcelona supervisor with a victory over Wanda Metropolitano on Saturday.
Blaugrana is already planning for all times after the Dutchman, and it’s now an issue of when, and never if, they pull the set off on their besieged boss.
Before resigning, Koeman should take his low confidence Barça to an Atleti facet that may in all probability nonetheless leap off the partitions after their dramatic victory in the midst of the week over AC Milan within the Champions League.
Antoine Griezmann and Luis Suarez had been the heroes of los Colchoneros, they usually are anticipated to line up in opposition to their former membership – which enters the match after being overwhelmed 3-0 by Benfica. It is not going to be stunning, however will in all probability be a enjoyable watch anyway.
When is it performed? Saturday 2 October, 20:00 (BST)Where is the match performed? Wanda MetropolitanoTV channel? La Liga TV (UK / US), ESPN + (US)Highlights? La Liga YouTube Channel (Global)Judge? Cesar Soto Grado
Atletico are with out Thomas Lemar, who has missed the membership’s final 4 video games with a muscle damage, however in any other case Diego Simeone has a well-trained squad to pick from.
It will in all probability imply a entrance pairing of former Barça strikers Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann, supported by the accelerated Rodrigo De Paul.
Barcelona’s distress is exacerbated by an intensive damage record that now contains a prodigy Pedri.
Rushed again into the crew to face Benfica, he has been excluded from this recreation after aggravating his already present thigh drawback. Ousmane Dembele, Martin Braithwaite and Sergio Aguero are additionally from the sidelines, however Ansu Fati dares to go after a long-term damage – he may even begin.
Jordi Alba can be wholesome once more and can in all probability substitute the USA’s worldwide Sergino Dest, who appeared painful from his depth in the midst of the week and performed on the other facet to what’s pure.
Atletico Madrid (3-5-2): Oblak; Savic, Gimenez, Hermoso; Llorente, Koke, Kondogbia, De Paul, Carrasco; Griezmann, Suarez.
Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Mingueza, Pique, Araujo, Alba; Busquets, Gavi, F. De Jong; Coutinho, L. De Jong, Memphis.
Given the current strain on Koeman’s future, you’ll be able to in all probability guess which of those sides are undefeated in La Liga.
No, it isn’t Atletico Madrid, it is truly Barcelona!
However, three wins and three attracts are under the excessive requirements of the membership’s hierarchy, they usually have been completely horrible of their two Champions League bangs.
Athletes, in the meantime, simply plodding collectively in typical Diego Simeone methods. They don’t rating many objectives, they don’t concede many, they usually nonetheless lose factors after they actually mustn’t – however surprisingly sufficient, they’re nonetheless facet.
This one ought to go the way in which of the hosts however it’ll undoubtedly be a spark.
Prediction: Atletico Madrid 1-0 Barcelona