La Liga 2018 schedule is now announced. Today the opening match will be played between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. Barcelona is at the top of the table, by taking 66 points while Atletico Madrid is in the second position with 61 points. Now, this match will decide the who would be in title race or who will out? The match between these two top-clubs has some outcomes which are as below: if Atletico wins, they will hit Barca’s lead to just TWO points; if Barcelona wins, they will be 8 points up from Atletico and will come closer to the title race. A draw will keep conditions as they are but the competition will still be wide open.
Barcelona (4-4-2): Umtiti, Alba; Coutinho, Rakitic, Busquets, Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Iniesta; Messi, Suárez
Atlético (4-4-2): Thomas, Gabi, Koke; Griezmann, Oblak; Vrsaljko, Godín, Giménez, Filipe Luis; Saúl, Diego Costa
Barcelona injuries: Nélson Semedo, Atlético Madrid injuries: Playing on Stefan Savic and Lucas Hernández is doubtful. It is not confirmed yet that they will against Barcelona or Not. Date/Time: Sunday, March 4th, 2018, 4.15pm CET/WAT (Barcelona & Nigeria), 3.15pm GMT (UK), 10.15am EST, 7.15am PST (USA), 8.45pm IST (India), Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, Referee: Jesús Gil Manzano
The match against Atletico always ensured to be a tight contest between the two top clubs in Spain this season, but one whose result would probably not oscillate the title odds. Now that title could be touching the line. Barcelona should be able to lay with their strongest defence against Atletico with his best defender Antoine Griezmann. While Messi and Suarez will join the club in attacking position.In mid-fielding position, Valverde will present the challenge for Atletico. Here is the predicted XI for this high-voltage match.
Possible starting XI: Ter Stegen; Roberto, Pique, Umtiti, Alba: Dembele, Rakitic, Busquets, Coutinho; Messi, Suarez.