Atletico Madrid can move nine points clear of Barcelona with a win over their Catalan guests in Week 10, with Lionel Messi & Co. out to extend a 20-match unbeaten run against Los Rojiblancos in La Liga.
That streak stretches back to before Diego Simeone was manager of Atletico, with goals from Diego Forlan and Simao paving the path to their last league win over the Blaugrana in February 2010.
Saturday’s fixture won’t reunite Luis Suarez with his former club as was hoped after the Uruguay frontman tested positive for the coronavirus while away on international duty, via Goal:
BeIN Sports also confirmed compatriot Lucas Torreira tested positive and will not feature at the Wanda Metropolitano, with Atletico’s midfield weakened further by the injury absence of Hector Herrera.
What TV Channel is Atletico Madrid-Barcelona on?
BeIN Sports will handle broadcasting for Barcelona’s high-stakes visit to Atletico Madrid, with the action set to start at 3 p.m. ET. You can live stream La Liga matches on fuboTV.
Ronald Koeman faces a test in preserving Barcelona’s imperious record against Atletico over the past decade, especially as his side have looked decidedly average away from the Camp Nou this campaign. His Barca have won once, lost once and drawn once thus far in three away league games, failing to gain much from the supposed extra traction gained by travelling teams in this non-attendance era.
Saturday’s visitors have never managed to score more than once at the Metropolitano since it became Atletico’s home as of the 2017-18 season. Barcelona drew 1-1 in each of their first two trips to the ground before an 86th-minute Messi decider gave them their maiden victory in December 2019:
As good as that strike was, it won’t go down as the best of Messi’s 32 career goals against Atletico; that honor could well belong to his 81st-minute free-kick in February 2012, enough to seal a 2-1 win away at the Vicente Calderon:
The only team against whom Messi has scored more in his career is Sevilla (37), although the feat of putting so many past an Atletico team that’s built much of its recent reputation on defense is remarkable all the same.
How to Watch Atletico Madrid vs. Barcelona
When: Saturday, November 21
Where: Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain
Time: 3 p.m. ET
TV: beIN Sports
Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)
Atletico won’t be the only team unable to harness their full powers on Saturday, with Sergio Busquets set to miss out after he suffered a sprained knee on international duty with Spain.
That should see Miralem Pjanic and Frenkie de Jong command from the base of Barca’s midfield, while winger Pedri is expected to deputise for Ansu Fati, who may not return from knee surgery until March.