Barcelona v Atletico Madrid – Preview, Prediction, TV Listings, Betting Odds – La Liga – 24 September 2011
Defending La Liga champions FC Barcelona have struggled early as they host 8th place Atletico Madrid. The match will take place at the Nou Camp in Barcelona, Spain on Saturday, September 24, 2011. Kickoff is scheduled for 21:00 BST (UK time), 22:00 CET (Central Europe), and 16:00 EST (USA Eastern).
Barcelona v Atletico Madrid TV Listings
It will be televised on ESPN Deportes (Spain), GolTV (Canada), C+ (Finland/Poland/Sweden/Norway), Digi Sport (Romania), Sky Sports 4 (UK), Sky Sport (Italy), Sport 1 (Lithuania), Sport 2 (Hungary/Czech Republic/Slovakia), Sport TV2 (Portugal), SuperSport (Africa), La Sexta (Spain), and Al Jazeera Sport (Middle East)
Barcelona v Atletico Madrid Preview
Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola
“People coming to the stadium will see a fantastic football match. It is a completely different team to a few years ago. You can tell that Manzano has had a hand in things. They play very good football and not just on the counter attack. They’ve made some good signings and are they can play well in all positions”.
“He is a top class footballer and essential for us because of his competitive spirit. But we have managed to get by without him, as we did last season when we had to make do without Puyol. The good thing is I have more players to choose from and can rotate the bench”.
“It is some drama because he’s a sensitive lad. He (Affellay) was in shock at first because it’s his first serious injury. He’s feeling better now and we’ll have to make sure we are there to support him through this. I’m sure he’ll be back to help us later in the season”.
“It is hardly bad to start a season with two Supercups against such strong teams as Real Madrid and Porto. I am sure we’ve made mistakes because we’re not getting results but teams tend to play without complexes at the start of a season and surprise results can happen. It is healthy that teams can surprise you by playing so well because it means you have to rectify and improve”.
Atletico player Thibaut Courtois
“We have a good team and can beat them. It is not impossible to win at the Nou Camp.
“Barcelona are a very, very strong team with great players but we have a good side.
“It is a very important game but we have no fear.”
“They have great footballers and for me and the defence it will be the ultimate test against one of the strongest teams in the world.”
“But we are confident we can beat the Blaugrana.”
“I think it’s very important for the forwards to work hard on defending.”
“Against Sporting Falcao worked very hard…as did Arda Turan.”
Team Stat Comparison
|Goals for *||6.5||0.0|
|Goals against *||0.0||1.0|
|Last 5 home||W-W||W-W-D|
|Last 5 away||D-D||L|
|* Goals per match – home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Goals||Lionel Messi 5||Radamel Falcao Garcia 5|
|Assists||Lionel Messi 5|
|Yellows||Javier Mascherano 2||Luis Perea 2|
|10/2||@Sporting Gijon||10/2||Sevilla FC|
Barcelona v Atletico Madrid Prediction
Barcelona wins 2-1
Barcelona v Atletico Madrid Odds
Barcelona win – 1/5
Draw – 6/1
Atletico win – 11/1