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Match Preview: Antoine Griezmann’s first Metropolitano visit

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The world will set its eyes on Wanda Metropolitano as Atletico Madrid are playing FC Barcelona Monday at 1:45 AM NST. After a thumping win against Borussia Dortmund, Barca will be traveling to the capital to replicate the same form and grab all three points available to be at the top whereas Diego Simeone’s men will be out with the desire to step up to the third position with a win.

Currently, FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are placed second and fifth on the Liga table with Matchday 14 fixture yet to be played. Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 18 Laliga clashes against Atletico with 13 wins, 5 draws and will travel to Madrid with MATS, Pique, Rakitic, Arthur, Suarez, Messi, Neto, Wague, Griezmann, Alena, Roberto, De Jong, Vidal, Umtiti, Junior Firpo, Ansu Fati and Carles Perez. Gerard Pique will be returning back to the squad after suspension whereas Arthur has been placed into the traveling squad for the first by Valverde after the break. Barcelona will not get the service of Sergio Busquets due to suspension. Jordi Alba, Nelson Semedo and Dembele, the only scorer for Barcelona at Wanda last season in 1-1 draw, will all miss the fixture due to injury.

Antoine Griezmann will have an emotional night as he will be returning to Wanda for the first time in Blaugrana after the French international left Atletico for €120 million this summer. The attacking Trio of Messi, Suarez and Griezmann showed good link of play between them against BVB and are expected to imitate the same at Wanda to end Atleti’s 14 match unbeaten record at home. The midfield trio of Arthur, De Jong and Rakitic might start together today for the first time in Laliga.

Barcelona has played 8 Laliga games against teams from Madrid community this year and have won against all that they’ve played against. However, the recent away form that Barca are going through is worrying, with only 3 away wins this season. Barcelona have won their last three games and come into the weekend with improving form.

Atletico Madrid on the other hand are looking strong with the return of Felix, Thomas Partey and Saul. Atletico Madrid are stammering, having won just one of their last six competitive matches and Diego Simeone’s side have now also gone six games without protecting a brand clean sheet.

Probable Lineups:

Barca:
MATS; Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Firpo; Rakitic, DeJong, Arthur; Messi, Suarez, Griezmann (4-3-3)

Atletico:
Oblak ; Lodi, Felipe, Hormoso, Trippier; Felix, Saul, Koke, Partey; Correa, Morata.(4-4-2) 

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