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2020-21 La Liga Week 35: Barcelona vs. Atletico Madrid How to Watch Live

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How to Watch Barcelona vs. Atletico Madrid
Messi tries to move Barcelona to the the top of La Liga while Suarez and Atlético Madrid look keep a grip on first place. Enric Fontcuberta/EPA

La Liga could enlist a new leader for the first time since November 7 if incumbent pace-setters Atletico Madrid fail to beat Barcelona at the Camp Nou on Saturday. Diego Simeone’s side once boasted a double-digit lead at Spain’s summit, but their advantage has been hacked down to just two points ahead of Week 35. Barcelona—currently third—can at least temporarily go first with victory in Catalonia, with second-placed Real Madrid biding their time ahead of Sunday’s clash at home to Sevilla.

What TV Channel is Barca-Atletico on?

Change could be afoot in La Liga, and beIN Sports will air Barcelona’s attempt to at least temporarily take the lead in Spain, kicking off at 10:15 a.m. ET. You can live stream La Liga matches on fuboTV.

How to Watch Barcelona vs. Atletico Madrid

When: Saturday, May 8

Where: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain

Time: 10:15 a.m. ET

TV: beIN Sports

Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free)

Simeone will have to clinch an unprecedented win at the Camp Nou if he’s to guarantee Atletico keep their noses ahead in La Liga’s title race. The Argentinian has claimed victories at some of soccer’s most famous fortresses, but a win away to Barca has eluded him in 13 attempts thus far. This season has already proved to be one for firsts, however, after a Yannick Carrasco goal guided Simeone to his maiden league win over the Blaugrana back in November:

Los Rojiblancos haven’t won back-to-back games against Barca since the 2005-06 season. Simeone is the sixth permanent manager Atletico have hired since then, and his hopes of adding a second league title to his collection could effectively be decided at the Camp Nou. Each of the three top teams in La Liga have won three of their past five league games, but Atleti have surely flagged the most after an error-strewn run through February and March.

Ronald Koeman’s men, on the other hand, have discovered some of their best form in recent months. A Lionel Messi brace helped Barca see out a 3-2 victory over Valencia in Week 34, but the boss desired more of his defense after going a fourth straight match without a clean sheet:

This will be Messi’s 43rd overall meeting with Atleti, having only met Real Madrid on more occasions so far in his career (45). The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has scored 32 goals in that time, 17 of which came in league encounters at the Camp Nou, including the last three in a row. Barcelona may be top of the table already were it not for their shock 2-1 defeat at home to Granada the previous week, only their second home loss of the league campaign.

Ronald Araujo was an unused substitute on that occasion, but the fit-again Uruguayan could replace Oscar Mingueza at the back this weekend. Wingers Philippe Coutinho and Ansu Fati remain out of commission for the hosts, while striker Martin Braithwaite is a slight fitness doubt.

Atletico talisman Jose Maria Gimenez was substituted late during Atletico’s 1-0 win at Elche last Saturday, though it would have to be a fairly big complaint to keep the Uruguayan out of contention at the Camp Nou. Countryman Luis Suarez is another hoping to make his presence felt against his former club, having shown he’s still got it with 19 goals in La Liga since Barca offloaded him last summer.

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