Atletico will host Barcelona in a crunch La Liga clash after the international break.
Stadium: Wanda Metropolitano
- Atletico Madrid have been winless in their last 20 La Liga fixtures against Barcelona.
- Rojiblancos won their last game against Barcelona in the Spanish Supercup semi-final at the start of this year.
Atletico Madrid have been off to a dream start in La Liga this season, suffering no defeats thus far.
Currently third in the table, Rojiblancos would look to end their hoodoo against Barca this weekend.
Joao Felix has been the star performer for Diego Simeone’s side, with the Portuguese young talent chipping in with impressive displays week in and week out.
Luis Suarez will miss the outing against his former club after testing positive for the Coronavirus. Suarez’s Uruguayan counterpart Lucas Torreira has also been sidelined due to COVID 19, and the likes of Stefan Savic, Hector Herrera and Mario Hermoso will also be absent owing to fitness concerns.
Oblak; Trippier, Felipe, Gimenez, Lodi; Llorente, Kondogbia, Koke, Saul; Felix, Correa
Barcelona’s woes have continued even under the tutelage of Ronald Koeman’s whose managerial reign hasn’t gotten off to a good start – currently eighth in the table.
However, the win against Real Betis before the international break would have handed the Catalans a winning momentum. Lionel Messi, who looked out of sorts before the game, produced a man of the match display, racking up two goals.
Antoine Greizmann will have the chance to impress against his former club while teenage sensation Ansu Fati has been ruled out for four months owing to knee surgery. Sergio Busquets will miss the encounter after sustaining an injury with the Spain national team.
Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Pjanic, De Jong; Dembele, Messi, Pedri; Griezmann