La Liga leaders Barcelona travel to Atletico Madrid in Sunday’s final fixture looking to open up a three-point gap at the top of the table.
Barcelona are top but currently tied (38) with Real Madrid, who lost 2-1 away at Villarreal on Saturday.
Xavi’s side are unbeaten in six games across all competitions, stretching back to their 3-0 defeat to Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League.
Atletico on the other hand are coming into the match on the back of a five-game winning streak and are in fourth place with 27 points.
Barcelona are chasing success in four competitions, as they will also take on Real Betis in the semi-finals of the Spanish Super Cup on January 11.
They will then face English Premier League’s Manchester United in a two-legged Europa League knockout round playoff next month.
Barca recorded a 4-2 win in their last meeting in La Liga at the Camp Nou in February, which was their first win against Atletico since 2019.
They also have the best defensive record in La Liga this season, conceding just six goals in 15 games and have kept clean sheets in four of their last six away games.
A win for Atletico could potentially see them move into the La Liga top 3 and they will most definitely put up a fight on the night.
Will Barca stretch their lead atop the table or can Atletico capitalize on home advantage to bag all 3 points?
What time does Atletico vs Barcelona start?
The game kicks off at 11pm Kenyan time at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium.
Atletico vs Barcelona team news
Sergio Reguilon and Mario Hermoso are both ruled out through injury but Stefan Savic will return to the squad.
Axel Witsel is likely to retain his spot in a back five as Geoffrey Kondogbia starts in midfield alongside Koke and Pablo Barrios.
Joao Felix’s future at the club remains uncertain and he will likely feature from the bench as Antoine Griezmann goes up against his former employers.
For the visitors, Ansu Fati is set to get a start alongside Ousmane Dembele and Ferran Torres up front.
Robert Lewandowski and Jordi Alba will both sit this one out due to suspension.
Atletico vs Barcelona head to head
The two rivals have crossed paths 238 times across competitions since their first meeting in the Copa del Rey in 1925.
Barcelona lead 106-76, while 56 games have ended in draws.
Atletico vs Barcelona current form
Both teams are unbeaten in their last five encounters, setting this up to be a cracker of a match.
The home team have won all of their last 5 games while Barca have only dropped points in a 1-1 draw against Espanyol.
Atletico vs Barcelona prediction
This is a tough one to call with the form both teams are on and what’s at stake but both teams are expected to score in this game.
A draw could be the most likely outcome.