FC Barcelona Vs. Atletico Madrid La Liga 2017: Preview, Start Time & TV Channel

Christon Jervil Ligon - Author
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Feb. 25 2017, Updated 2:19 a.m. ET

Two of the most successful ball clubs in Spanish football are set to test each other’s mettle for their 2017 La Liga game in their quest to better their respective positions in the league table.

FC Barcelona (W-15, D-6, L-2), currently at the second spot in the standings and trailing league leader Real Madrid by a lone point, will try to salvage an away win this Sunday, February 26, against Atletico Madrid (W-13, D-6, L-4) at the Vicente Calderon Stadium located in the Arganzuela district of the Spanish capital.

A victory on Sunday will put the Blaugrana as temporary leaders on the board while awaiting the result of the Real Madrid and Villareal game later in the day. A loss by Cristiano Ronaldo’s squad will put FC Barcelona as the top seed on the table for good.

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But, FC Barcelona will have their hands full against Atletico Madrid as they play against a hostile crowd on the home turf of the Los Colchoneros, which can seat close to 55,000 fans. And, they can expect Atletico to play like their backs are against the wall as the home team tries to force a win and put themselves in the running for the championships.

The predicted lineups, as per Independent, follow.

Atletico Madrid (4-4-2): Oblak; Saul, Savic, Godin, Luis; Correa, Gabi, Koke, Carrasco; Gameiro, Griezmann

Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Jordia Alba, Umtiti, Pique, Sergi Roberto; Iniesta, Busquets, Rakitic; Neymar, Luis Suarez, Messi

Atletico Madrid will also play extra motivated as they hope to inch closer in the leaderboard and unseat current third place-holder Sevilla. Atletico Madrid is behind by four points at the fourth spot.

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