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On December 16th Barcelona welcomes Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou in Barcelona. Top of the league table game waits for us on the Camp Nou. The Blaugranas will looking to extend their unbeaten run in La Liga, while they face strong opposition in face of second placed Atletico and Radamel Falcao and Co. on Sunday.
Barcelona are at the top of La Liga with forty three points after fifteen games. They have won fourteen and drawn one game. They have five straight wins from their last five league games. In all competitions they managed to play four wins and one draw from their last five games.
It is the top game of the week in Spain. Barcelona currently holds a six point lead over Atletico. Barcelona has almost a full strength squad with just long term absentee’s Cuenca, Abidal and Muniesa. They have to get three points to make bigger their lead over Atletico to nine points. The big news from Barcelona is that Lionel Messi has broken the calendar year goal-scoring record of Gerd Muller with 85 goals. Messi after another win in midweek over Córdoba with the score 0-2 has 88 goals for now.
Atletico Madrid are second in the Spanish La Liga with thirty seven points after fifteen rounds, having twelve wins, one draw and two losses. Their present form has seen four wins and one defeat from their last five games. In midweek Atletico Madrid has won in the Copa del Rey over Getafe with the score 3-0.
Their star striker Radamel Falcao scored a stunning five goals in their 6-0 win over Deportivo last week. But he is still behind Messi with sixteen league goals, while Messi has scored twenty three so far this season.
Barcelona will play without important midfielder Cesc Fabregas, cause of a thigh injury he picked up in the win over Betis last week. This means, that Andres Iniesta will move from the left deeper in the centre alongside with Xavi. So, David Villa may appear in the start squad with Lionel Messi and Pedro in attack.
Tito Vilanova’s can count on Dani Alves, that returned to training. But it is unlikely that he will be risked, so Martin Montoya or Adriano will play at right-back.
Atletico Madrid can welcome back defender Miranda, after he served his one-match ban. Cristian Rodriguez is still recovering, so he is not expected.
Barcelona line-up: Valdes, Montoya, Pique, Puyol, Alba, Xavi, Busquets, Iniesta, Pedro, Messi, Villa.
Last three matches:
Córdoba 0 – FC Barcelona 2;
Betis 1 – FC Barcelona 2;
FC Barcelona 0 – Benfica 0.
Atletico Madrid line-up: Courtois, Juanfran, Miranda, Godin, Filipe, Suarez, Gabi, Koke, Arda, Costa, Falcao.
Last three matches:
Atletico Madrid 3 – Getafe 0;
Atletico Madrid 6 – Deportivo 0;
FC Viktoria Plzeň 1 – Atletico Madrid 0.