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Barcelona vs Atlético Madrid, La Liga Match Preview 23 April 2023

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Competition/Round: 2022-23 La Liga, 30 march day

Barcelona Outs and Doubts: Andreas Christensen, Ousmane Dembélé, Sergi Roberto (out)

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Atlético Outs & Doubts: Marcos Llorente, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Reinildo (out), Memphis Depay (doubt)

Date/Time: Sunday, April 23, 2023, 4.15pm CET (Barcelona), 3.15pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 10.15am ET, 7.15pm PT (USA), 8.45pm IST (India)

Venue: Spotify Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Referee are as follows: José María Sánchez Martínez

Barcelona vs Atlético Madrid, La Liga Match Preview 23 April 2023
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Barcelona vs Atlético Madrid, La Liga Match Preview 23 April 2023
Barcelona vs Atlético Madrid, La Liga Match Preview 23 April 2023

VAR: Ignacio Iglesias Villanueva

You can watch on TV: ESPN Deportes (USA), TSN 3 (Canada), Viaplay Sports 1 (UK), SuperSport (Nigeria), Sports18 (India), Movistar LaLiga (Spain), others

How to watch online: ESPN+ (USA), LaLigaTV (UK), Movistar+ (Spain),

Following are second goal less draw in a row away to Getafe to complicate their situation in La Liga and a full week of training in beautiful Catalonia, Barcelona return to action for one of the most consequential matches of the season when they welcome Atlético Madrid to the Greatest Stadium on Earth on Sunday afternoon by 15:30 AM

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The last two results and the terrible performances have cut Barca lead at the top of the table with 11 points, and Real Madrid’s win on Saturday momentarily with only eight 8 points. La Liga is not over yet, it continued, and another Barca failure to win on Sunday will make things very interesting with eight games to go and a very difficult schedule in the next three weeks for the leaders.

Simply put, this is the most important game of the season for the Catalans. A victory will restore their double-digit lead and slow down Madrid’s momentum, and give Barça much-needed confidence to go into three bres against Rayo Vallecano away, Real Betis and Osasuna at home and the hometown derby against Espanyol, at Cornellà.

The good news for Barca is that two crucial starters are back: Pedri and Frenkie De Jong, who have been horribly missed, return from injuries and are both expected to start on Sunday. Their creativity and intensity adds another dimension to has been a lifeless attack without them, and increases Barça’s chances of finding ways to beat a very tough, well-organized Colchonero defense.

The bad news for Barça is they are facing what has unquestionably been the hottest team in the league in the last two-plus months: Atlético have flown under the radar thanks to a terrible first half of the season, but have been simply on fire since the World Cup. Their last loss in La Liga was to Barça at the Wanda Metropolitano more than three months ago, and they come into this one on a seven-game winning streak that’s given them a real chance of finishing in second place — or maybe even better if they pull off the upset.

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