Leo Messi, who leads La Liga in scoring and assists this season, has scored 15 career goals against Atlético at Camp Nou and will be looking to add to his tally on Sunday. Atlético's Antoine Griezmann is 4th in La Liga with 15 goals.

Leo Messi, who leads La Liga in scoring and assists this season, has scored 15 career goals against Atlético at Camp Nou and will be looking to add to his tally on Sunday. Atlético's Antoine Griezmann is 4th in La Liga with 15 goals. | MIGUEL RUIZ - FCB

To call this match important would be a colossal understatement. With a dozen games left to play in La Liga, Sunday afternoon’s clash of #1 and #2 is, to date, the season’s most critical and decisive game for both sides.

FC Barcelona, still undefeated on the season at 26 games and counting, will be looking to land a staggering body blow to an in-form Atlético Madrid, which, in recent weeks, has surged back into the title race and now, just five points behind, is the only team within sniffing distance of the Catalans. A Barça victory will leave Atlético teetering, while anything else is certain to ratchet up the drama as the season hurtles towards the home stretch.

LA LIGA STANDINGS: You do the math before #1 Barça and #2 Atlético go toe-to-toe!

Who’s In & Who’s Out

After the team trained on Saturday morning, manager Ernesto Valverde released the following squad list for Sunday’s encounter between the league’s top two teams:

1. Marc-André Ter Stegen
3. Gerard Piqué
4. Ivan Rakitic
5. Sergio Busquets
8. Andrés Iniesta
9. Luis Suárez
10. Lionel Messi
11. Ousmane Dembélé
13. Jasper Cillessen
14. Phillippe Coutinho
15. Paulinho
17. Paco Alcácer
18. Jordi Alba
19. Lucas Digne
20. Sergi Roberto
21. André Gomes
23. Samuel Umtiti
25. Thomas Vermaelen

VIDEO: Watch highlights of Barça's final training session before taking on Atlético!

Form Guide





VIDEO: Watch highlights of Ernesto Valverde's pre-game press conference!

Statistically Speaking

A panoply of streaks are on the line Sunday . . . First and foremost, Barça will be looking to extend a Club-record 33-game unbeaten streak in La Liga, which dates back to the end of last season . . . Barça has yet to lose through the first 26 games this season, and the Atlético match will be the team’s biggest test yet . . . A win or a draw for Barça will bring the Catalans to within 4 games of the all-time La Liga mark of 38 games undefeated, which was set by Real Sociedad, also over two seasons, almost 40 years ago . . .

RECORD! A closer look at Barça’s long undefeated streak!

Atlético, meanwhile, is riding an 8-game winning streak across all competitions, including 6 straight in La Liga . . . Los Colchoneros, however, have not won in their last 15 La Liga visits to Camp Nou . . . That winless streak rises to 17 games counting all competitions . . . Speaking of games at Camp Nou, Barça is also looking to extend a 29-game home unbeaten run in La Liga, which stretches back to September 2016.

VIDEO: See Leo Messi’s 15 goals against Los Colchoneros at Camp Nou!

Now, the strikers . . . Leo Messi and Luis Suárez have combined to score six goals for Barça in the past week, solidifying their status as the top two goalscorers in La Liga and vaulting both right into the thick of the Golden Shoe race . . . In Barça’s 6–1 rout over Girona last weekend, Messi scored twice and Suárez bagged a hat trick . . . Messi also scored Barça’s lone goal in Thursday night’s 1–1 draw at Las Palmas . . . The Argentinian maestro now has 23 goals and 12 assists in La Liga this season, tops in both categories . . . Suárez is second with 20 goals.

VIDEO: Messi does it again!  See his fifth free kick goal of the season in the game against Las Palmas!

Atlético’s top threat is Antoine Griezmann, whose 15 goals are 4th best in the league . . . Another Colchonero, Fernando Torres, has 8 career league goals against Barça, although the last one came more than 12 years ago . . . Barça and Atlético have only faced off once this season . . . The teams played to a 1–1 draw at the Wanda Metropolitano in Week 8 . . . Saúl put Atlético up in the 21st minute, but Luis Suárez leveled things up in the 82nd to keep Barça undefeated.

DID YOU KNOW? These ten facts and stats will help you prepare for the big game!

This match also features the league's top two goalkeepers in Barça's Marc-André ter Stegen and Atlético's Jan Oblak. Both have played 2,340 minutes this season — in other words, every single minute of all 26 games thus far . . . The pair boast almost identical numbers in every major statistical category.

VIDEO: La Liga's top goalkeepers Ter Stegen and Oblak square off, face to face!

How to Follow the Game Live

As always, Barça's match will be broadcast live around the world. We will also have live English play-by-play streamed on R@dioBarça. And social media users can get live updates on Barça's official Facebook and Twitter accounts as the action unfolds.

TV GUIDE: When and where to watch FC Barcelona vs. Atlético Madrid

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