La Liga Predictions: Barcelona look to extend Atletico’s misery record in Catalonia

La Liga Predictions: Barcelona look to extend Atletico’s misery record in Catalonia

Savage gives us his thoughts on the pick of the matches in Spain’s Primera División as a heavyweight clash tops the bill in Barcelona

Real Madrid v Granada

Sat 02 Dec 17:30

Madrid started November with a 0-0 draw at home to Rayo. Since then their record is 4 wins from 4 having scored 15 and conceded just 3. Jude Bellingham is obviously capturing headlines far and wide but Rodrygo has also been contributing star performances of late. The Brazilian has netted 7 goals in the last 7 outings. Granada, by contrast to their hosts, could not really be much worse. They now have more managers than wins this season with the appointment of Alexander Medina. The Uruguayan faces an almost impossible task of rescuing a team that has just 7 points from a possible 42. The visitors are currently on a run of 11 matches without a win (D4 L7) and surely only a miracle would see them salvage anything in the Capital. 

Barcelona v Atlético Madrid

Sun 02 Dec 20:00

Barcelona have only lost 2 games in all competitions (W13 D4 L2) yet in recent weeks they have lacked assuredness. In fact, their last three outings have required them to come back from conceding the opener. With the visit of Atlético and the inform Griezmann, they may not have that luxury. Madrid have also only lost twice this season but they appear to be exuding confidence from all sides. They remain 4 points off the leaders. However, they do still have a game in hand which means they are right in contention for the top spot. Unfortunately for the visitors, history has not been kind to them in this fixture. Atleti have managed just 1 win in their last 24 trips to Catalonia, so this could be a tough ask. 

Smart Bets:

Real Madrid v Granada – Real Madrid and Both Teams To Score @ 8/5

Barcelona v Atlético Madrid –  Barcelona and Under 3.5 @ 9/5

Double @ 6/1

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