Atletico Madrid (ATL) welcome a struggling Barcelona (BAR) side at Estadio Wanda Metropolitano for Gameweek 8 of La Liga 2021-22 in the early hours of Sunday, October 3.

ATL vs BAR Dream11 prediction

The two teams haven’t enjoyed the best of form this season. While Atletico have won four of their seven La Liga matches so far, Barcelona have managed just three victories in their six league outings. Unlike Barcelona though, Atletico have shown massive improvement over the past week, which includes an away win over AC Milan in the UEFA Champions League, hence making them favourites to win Sunday’s encounter.

ATL vs BAR Dream11 team tips for La Liga 2021-22

Top tip: Best striker

While Memphis Depay remains the key up front for Barca, one cannot overlook Atletico’s Luis Suarez. The veteran forward heads into the clash on the back of a winning goal against Milan in the Champions League and he will be eager to add more goals to his tally against his former team.

Top tip: Best midfielder

Frenkie de Jong will be the one to keep an eye on in midfield. In what has been a rather troubling season for Barcelona, de Jong has been a bright spark and has provided two assists in La Liga. If others can match his wavelength, the midfielder can really pose a big threat from the center of the park to Atletico’s solid backline.

Top tip: Best defender and goal-keeper

With Jordi Alba out, one can pick Atletico’s Mario Hermoso as their top defensive choice. The 26-year-old versatile defender has provided one assist so far in the competition and will be a tough nut to crack for Barcelona’s beleaguered attackers.

As for a goalkeeper, Jan Oblak remains the outright choice. With Barcelona struggling in the attacking third, Oblak is likely to keep a clean sheet as even an in-form forward line usually finds it difficult to beat the Atletico custodian.

ATL vs BAR probable playing XI

ATL playing XI (probable):  Jan Oblak (goalkeeper); Jose Gimenez, Felipe, Mario Hermoso; Kieran Trippier, Yannick Carrasco, Koke (captain), Rodrigo De Paul, Marcos Llorente; Antoine Griezmann, Luis Suarez

BAR playing XI (probable): Marc-Andre ter Stegen (goalkeeper); Ronald Araujo, Gerard Pique (captain), Sergino Dest, Oscar Mingueza; Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, Gavi; Memphis Depay, Philippe Coutinho, Luuk de Jong

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