Dream11 Fantasy Soccer: FC Barcelona v. Atletico Madrid Preview

Dream11 Fantasy Soccer: FC Barcelona v. Atletico Madrid Preview

This article is part of our Dream11 Fantasy Soccer series.

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FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are two of La Liga's best teams, though they seem to be in different echelons this season. While Los Blaugranas are locked in a two-team race with Real Madrid for the title, Los Colchoneros are in third and seem to be settling with a 2020-21 UEFA Champions League berth. The recent results, however, do not favor Barcelona. Even though they are currently riding a 19-game undefeated streak in league play against Atletico (W14, D5), they are also coming off a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo that diminished their title chances greatly. Atletico, on the other hand, arrive into this game on a four-game winning streak in league play.

Recent Form

FC Barcelona: W3, D2

Atletico Madrid: W4, D1

Team News

FC Barcelona

OUT: Frenkie de Jong (calf), Ousmane Dembele (hamstring)

Doubtful: Sergi Roberto (ribs)

Atletico Madrid

OUT: Mario Hermoso (groin), Sime Vrsaljko (knee)

Doubtful: None

Expected Lineups

FC Barcelona: Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal; Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann

Atletico Madrid: Jan Oblak; Kieran Trippier, Stefan Savic, Jose Maria Gimenez, Renan Lodi; Koke, Thomas Partey, Marcos Llorente, Saul Niguez; Diego Costa, Joao Felix

Top Picks

Luis Suarez, FC Barcelona: Lionel Messi should be the unquestionable pick in almost any Barcelona match, but he is expected to be tightly marked

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FC Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are two of La Liga's best teams, though they seem to be in different echelons this season. While Los Blaugranas are locked in a two-team race with Real Madrid for the title, Los Colchoneros are in third and seem to be settling with a 2020-21 UEFA Champions League berth. The recent results, however, do not favor Barcelona. Even though they are currently riding a 19-game undefeated streak in league play against Atletico (W14, D5), they are also coming off a 2-2 draw at Celta Vigo that diminished their title chances greatly. Atletico, on the other hand, arrive into this game on a four-game winning streak in league play.

Recent Form

FC Barcelona: W3, D2

Atletico Madrid: W4, D1

Team News

FC Barcelona

OUT: Frenkie de Jong (calf), Ousmane Dembele (hamstring)

Doubtful: Sergi Roberto (ribs)

Atletico Madrid

OUT: Mario Hermoso (groin), Sime Vrsaljko (knee)

Doubtful: None

Expected Lineups

FC Barcelona: Marc-Andre ter Stegen; Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba; Sergio Busquets, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal; Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann

Atletico Madrid: Jan Oblak; Kieran Trippier, Stefan Savic, Jose Maria Gimenez, Renan Lodi; Koke, Thomas Partey, Marcos Llorente, Saul Niguez; Diego Costa, Joao Felix

Top Picks

Luis Suarez, FC Barcelona: Lionel Messi should be the unquestionable pick in almost any Barcelona match, but he is expected to be tightly marked by the opposing defenders. This converts Suarez into a strong play, as the Barcelona striker is coming off a brace against Celta and thrives in games where there is limited space in the final meters.

Lionel Messi, FC Barcelona: Messi should still be a decent vice-captain alternative, as he continues to be the league's most impactful performer by a wide margin. He might not have many chances to score, but he thrives in close games and should be a popular play once again.

Captain and Vice-Captain Options

  1. Luis Suarez
  2. Lionel Messi
  3. Diego Costa
  4. Arturo Vidal

Dream11 Team

GK: Marc-Andre ter Stegen

DF: Jordi Alba

DF: Nelson Semedo

DF: Kieran Trippier

DF: Jose Maria Gimenez

MF: Saul Niguez

MF: Arturo Vidal

MF: Koke

FW: Diego Costa

FW: Lionel Messi (VC)

FW: Luis Suarez (C)

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