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Barcelona Gets Familiar Foe in Quarters

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Champions League action resumes Tuesday with the first legs of the quarterfinal round. Barcelona gets matched up with fellow La Liga side Atletico Madrid as the top two teams from the top league in Spain battle it out at Camp Nou.

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  • Five of Atletico’s last six games in Champions League have been UNDER 2.5 goals.
  • Barcelona defeated Atletico 2-1 when the pair met at Camp Nou in La Liga back on January 30.
  • Gerard Pique could return for Barcelona after serving a suspension versus Arsenal.

In moneyline markets at online book Bet365, Barcelona is -200 while Atletico Madrid is +700 and the Draw is +333. As far as totals markets, OVER 2.5 goals is +105 while the UNDER is -133.

Barcelona made easy work of Arsenal in the Round of 16 winning 5-1 on aggregate. The Catalan club is coming of its first loss since October 3 (all competitions) when it was dropped 2-1 by Real Madrid in domestic action over the weekend. Barca has recorded six wins and two draws in eight Champions League games and has outscored opponents 20-5 in the process.

Atletico advanced on penalties after two scoreless matches versus Dutch side PSV Eindhoven in their Round of 16 matchup. The club has won five of eight Champions League games with a 2-1 loss coming at home to Benfica in the group stage.

Barcelona has dominated head-to-head meetings with Atletico, winning each of the previous six meetings in all competitions.

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