Barcelona will hope to drop no further points in the league as they play hosts to Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid on Tuesday. The Spanish champions have drawn two of their last three in Spain's top flight to hand the advantage to Real Madrid, but Atletico are on a run of four league victories in a row.
Quique Setien’s men sit two points adrift of Real Madrid who are perched on the top. They are, however, still 11 points clear of Atletico Madrid who sit third in the table.
The games are coming thick and fast at this stage of the season and another poor result on Tuesday would only add to Real Madrid's growing confidence as the title race continues to gather pace.
If Gerard Pique's cryptic tweet is any indication of how this game will go, fans of both sides are in for an extremely tactical battle between two really strong sides.
Where to watch?
When is Kick Off: Tuesday, 30 June
What Time is Kick Off: 21:00 (BST), 3:15 am (IST)
Where is it Played: Camp Nou
TV Channel/Live Stream: LaLigaTV/Facebook Watch
Referee: Alejandro José Hernández Hernández
Barcelona are still without the services of injured duo Ousmane Dembele and Frenkie de Jong. But Sergio Busquets who missed out against Celta through suspension but is available here, while Arthur is expected to make the bench despite recently signing for Juventus.
Clement Lenglet is also expected to return to the back four, taking Samuel Umtiti's place, while Ivan Rakitic could get the nod over Riqui Puig in the middle of the park.
As for Atletico, Mario Hermoso and Sime Vrsaljko are on the sidelines through injury, but the visitors are otherwise in good shape ahead of Tuesday's clash.
Joao Felix was one of the best players for Atleti last week and is expected to start alongside Costa as the shadow striker. Marcos Llorente, too, is contention for this spot since Simeone started using him as a makeshift forward post-football resumption.
Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Semedo, Pique, Lenglet, Alba; Vidal, Busquets, Rakitic; Griezmann, L Suarez, Messi
Atletico: Oblak; Trippier, Savic, Gimenez, Lodi; Correa, Thomas, Saul, Koke; Felix, Costa
Atletico beat Barca 3-2 in the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup earlier this year, but Barca are sure to be desperate to return to winning ways due to the disappointment of their result against Celta.
The visitors also have a poor record at Camp Nou. Their last victory away to Barcelona dates back to the 2005/06 season when a certain Fernando Torres put two past Victor Valdes to set up a 3-1 win.
Moreover, Barcelona are undefeated at Camp Nou since Real Betis won there in stunning fashion registering a 4-3 win in November 2018. It'll be an incredibly tight match involving spells where Barca will suffer, but we fancy the home side to narrowly triumph.
Prediction: Barcelona 2-1 Atletico Madrid.