With a La Liga title and a deep run in the Champions League to their resume over the past two seasons, Atletico have headbutted their way into the top tier of Spanish soccer. And two wins from two matches has Diego Simeone’s men on their way to challenging for more honors this year.
A huge contest early in the season that could enhance Atletico’s title chances further takes place on Saturday when defending champion Barcelona visits the capital. Barcelona also have six points from two matches and have a two-point edge on Real Madrid.
Atletico have a clean bill of health ahead of the big match, while Barcelona will be sweating over the availability of several defenders.
Here’s what you need to know about the match:
Spanish La Liga, Round 3
Saturday, Sept. 12
Vicente Calderon, Madrid
2:30 p.m. EST/7:30 p.m. GMT
BeIN Sports(USA)/Sky Sports 3 (UK); (International viewers, click here for your local provider)
Atletico Madrid 11/5, Barcelona 5/4, Draw 9/4
Over/Under: 2.5 Goals, Under (4/6), Over (11/10)
First Goalscorer: Atletico Madrid: Antoine Griezmann (11/2), Jackson Martinez (6/1), Fernando Torres (7/1); Barcelona: Lionel Messi (4/1), Luis Suarez (5/1), Neymar (6/1)
Both Teams to Score: Yes (5/6), No (5/6)
Goalless Draw: (8/1)