Atletico Madrid v Barcelona tips – Reigning champions will move closer to another final
Reigning European champions should enjoy a relatively straightforward victory in the Champions League this evening
April 13th, 2016
There was controversy in the manner of Barcelona’s 2-1 win over La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final tie at the Nou Camp with the visitors down to ten men for much of the match.
Atletico Madrid hadn’t enjoyed a very good record against their rivals in the preceding few seasons, losing six consecutive times against the Catalan giants. Nevertheless, it looked as though their luck was changing once Fernando Torres had put them ahead in the 25th minute.
It wasn’t to be and following the red-carding of Torres, things changed completely with Luis Suarez sealing the win for Barca with a brace of goals.
Barcelona were the better of the sides and despite accusations that they were receiving preferential treatment from the match officials, the hosts thoroughly deserved their win and will be confident of completing the job at the Vicente Calderon this evening.
Nevertheless, there was a real sense of injustice felt by the Atletico camp following the red-carding of Fernando Torres and the simmering tension will be very much in the air at the Vicente Calderon this evening when the sides take to the field, although whether Atletico use this to their advantage remains to be seen.
We feel that Atletico’s chances of dumping Barcelona out of the competition faded away considerably following the sending-off of Torres and it was always going to be a very hard task getting anything from Barcelona when down to ten men, even though Real Madrid managed it just days earlier in the El Clasico match.
Barca clearly aren’t at their very best at the moment and one could argue that luck was on their side in the first leg at the Nou Camp. Nevertheless, they clearly remain formidable opponents and whilst a draw would be sufficient to see them through to the last four of the competition, it is doubtful whether they would settle for such an outcome and we’ll be going for a Barcelona win at odds of 11/8 with Paddy Power.