Atletico Madrid v Barcelona odds : Champions League classic set for Vicente Calderón

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Barcelona and Atletico will meet in the second leg of their Champions League with the tie finely poised.

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The two clubs drew 1-1 at the Nou Camp last week, with substitute Diego’s stunning goal cancelled out by Neymar.

The 29 year old Brazilian moved to Atletico in January from Wolfsburg and has impressed with 2 goals and one assist to date.

The attacker is in line to start on Wednesday with another Diego, fellow Brazilian Diego Costa struggling with injury.

The in-form Costa is a real doubt for the second leg however after limping out of the clash after 30 minutes. The newly capped Spanish International has scored seven goals in six Champions League starts this season but sat out his side’s 1-0 win against Villarreal in the league on Saturday and will be assessed before the game.

The weekend win saw Atletico maintain their slender lead at the top of the table, with Diego Simone’s men 1 point ahead of their midweek visitors.

Barcelona meanwhile warmed up for the clash with a 3-1 win over Real Betis with Lionel Messi (2) and an own goal from Jordi Figeuras sealing the points.

Atletico will fancy their chances of success having won 16 of their last 17 home games in UEFA competition, although the intrigue is fuelled by the fact that Barcelona have not lost for four years away to Atletico.

Wednesday’s meeting will be the fifth between the two sides this season with neither team yet to win over 90 minutes, although whether it is on away goals, as was the case when Barcelona won the Spanish Super Cup earlier in the season, extra-time or penalties there will be a winner at the Vincente Calderon.

Barca midfielder Xavi is expecting another tough clash “Atletico cut down the space,” he said. “It’s not easy to create chances, and we have to be fluent in the game and move the ball quickly.
“It’s a really tough match. We’d have liked to have gone there with a better result, but it all depends on us.

“We have to win and that benefits us because we’re a team built to attack, but we are facing an opponent who is just the opposite.”

Barcelona will head into the game without Victor Valdes (knee), captain Carles Puyol (knee) and Gerard Pique (hip) while Atletico in addition to being potentially without Costa, area sweating on the fitness of Arda Turan.

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Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.

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