Leaders Barca in potential title decider as they face hot Atletico

La Liga’s top two sides Barcelona and Atletico Madrid battle on Sunday at Nou Camp from 15.15 GMT in a match that could shed some light on how the title race shapes up.

Madrid’s fine form since the turn of the year coupled with Barcelona’s slip ups of successive draws have opened up the possibility of a two horse race. The league leaders have 66 points from 26 matches, five clear of Madrid heading into this fixture.

Over the years Atletico manager Diego Simeone and his teams have managed to consistently frustrate Barcelona across all competitions. In their last six match ups, Barcelona have won twice, Madrid have won one with three being draws.

Rich form of the forwards

Earlier in the season, the two Spanish powerhouses played out to a 1-1 draw. The two best players on both teams are enjoying a good scoring run this season. Lionel Messi is the Spanish league’s top scorer with 23 goals while Atletico’s Antoine Griezmann has scored 20 goals in all competitions. The French forward has netted 12 times in his last 10 matches for the club.

Team news

Barcelona’s Nelson Semedo will miss this clash due to a hamstring injury while Sergi Samper is an absentee due to ligament damage. Atletico will be without Lucas Hernandez who has a hamstring injury.

This is a clash of the Spanish division’s two best defences. It is expected to be a closely fought contest given their history. A win for Barcelona essentially creates further parity on their rivals while an Atletico win will close the gap to a mere two points.

Prediction: Barcelona 1 Atletico 1

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