In an ironic twist, Barcelona can wrap up another La Liga title on Sunday when they travel to Madrid to take on third-placed Atletico. It was just last year that Atletico clinched a memorable championship by earning a 1-1 draw at the Camp Nou in a winner-take-all match in the season’s final week.
The final two fixtures were in doubt up until yesterday, but a court decision was made to suspend the impending players strike that would have prevented the final two games from being played.
Barcelona has won its last five La Liga matches and didn’t concede a goal in any of them.
Sunday, May 17
Vicente Calderon in Madrid, Spain
1:00 p.m. Eastern Time; 19:00 local time
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Atletico Madrid +350, Barcelona -140, Draw +275
Though Luis Suarez might miss the match, Barcelona not only have enough firepower to get past Atletico, it has all the motivation in the world to do so. With Atletico already in the Champions League (despite having not clinched automatic yet), expect Barcelona to get the result it needs. Barcelona 3-1.
Stats You Need to Know
Scouting Atletico Madrid
Record: 23-5-9, 3rd (77 points)
Coach: Diego Simeone, 3rd season
Goals Per Game: 1.86
Clean Sheets: 18
Leading Goal Scorer: Antoine Griezmann, 22
Assist Leader: Koke, 10
Card Leader: Gabi, 12 yellow cards, 1 red card
Record: 29-4-3 1st (90 points)
Coach: Luis Enrique, 1st season
Goals Per Game: 2.97
Clean Sheets: 22
Leading Goal Scorer: Lionel Messi, 40
Assist Leader: Messi, 18
Card Leader: Javier Mascherano, 8 yellow cards, 1 red card