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Barça make one final, desperate attempt to save their season against a red-hot bunch of Colchoneros

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Celta de Vigo v FC Barcelona - La Liga Santander Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images

FC Barcelona (2nd, 69pts) vs Atlético Madrid (3rd, 58pts)


Competition/Round: 2019-20 La Liga, Matchday 33

Barcelona Outs & Doubts: Frenkie De Jong, Ousmane Dembélé (out)

Atlético Outs & Doubts: Koke, Stefan Savic, Sime Vrsaljko, Mario Hermoso (out)

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 10pm CET (Barcelona), 9pm BST/WAT (UK & Nigeria), 4pm ET, 1pm PT (USA), 1.30am IST (India, Wednesday)

Venue: Camp Nou, Barcelona, Catalonia

Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández (OH NO)

VAR: Antonio Mateu Lahoz (OH MY DEAR LORD)

How to watch on TV: beIN SPORTS (USA & Canada), LaLigaTV (UK), SuperSport 7 (Nigeria), Movistar LaLiga (Spain), Not Available (India), others

How to stream: fuboTV (USA), beIN SPORTS CONNECT (USA & Canada), Premier Player (UK), Facebook Live (India), Movistar+ (Spain), others


Following a heartbreaking, frustrating and infuriating draw away to Celta Vigo, Barcelona return to action in La Liga for one last attempt to save their season and stay in the title race when they welcome Atlético Madrid to an empty Camp Nou on Tuesday night in Catalonia.

This is once again not a very good time to be a Barça fan, with a terrifying away from continuing to cost the Blaugrana vital points in what was always going to be a tight title race, and unless Real Madrid somehow drop points unexpectedly in what is a quite comfortable schedule, Barça are simply trying to save face and keep the players in good rhythm for the Champions League in August.

But it won’t be easy at all against a red-hot Atlético side: the Colchoneros are unbeaten since the season restart and have won four in a row with three clean sheets, and Diego Simeone’s side seem to have found new life ever since that magical March night at Anfield. Diego Llorente is their new star, but everybody else is doing their part as well and Atleti look much, much better than they did back in February, when it looked like Simeone’s magic was finally starting to disappear.

Nope, Atleti’s back. Big time. And they’re ready to beat Barça. Here’s hoping the two-time champions find something within them to respond, win and go ahead of Madrid in the table for a few hours. You never know with football.


POSSIBLE LINEUPS

Barcelona (4-3-3): Ter Stegen; Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Alba; Rakitic, Busquets, Arthur; Messi, Suárez, Griezmann

Atlético (4-4-2): Oblak; Trippier, Giménez, Felipe, Lodi; Llorente, Thomas, Herrera, Saúl; Félix, Costa


PREDICTION

Simeone has never beaten Barcelona in La Liga. It has to happen one day: 3-1 to the away team. I don’t even care anymore. I just want next season.