Soccer Picks: Barcelona vs. Atletico Madrid for La Liga Title

Steven Suarez

Friday, May 16, 2014 12:58 PM UTC

Friday, May. 16, 2014 12:58 PM UTC

It all comes down to this. The La Liga champion will be decided when Barcelona plays host to Atletico Madrid, with the soccer betting odds favoring the Catalans. Who are choosing to win with our soccer picks this weekend?

Odds Overview
A full three points would get the job done for Barcelona and they're listed in the -110 to -115 range to follow through.

Atletico only need a draw, but if they win their backers will be mighty pleased due to the available value out there. The Mattress Makers are at +350 to win this weekend, with a draw quoted at anywhere from +275 to +300.

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Despite the fact they've been shaky over the last couple weeks, Barcelona still has a golden chance to win the league.

One week after drawing Getafe (who are only three points out of the relegation zone right now) 2-2 at home, the Catalans again had to settle for a draw, this time away from home against Elche. The final score was 0-0.

Yes, the likes of Messi, Iniesta, Alexis Sanchez, Pedro and Cesc Fabregas were all playing, but Barcelona still couldn't find their way past an Elche side that was drilled expertly in the back. They had almost 70 percent of the possession to go with 20 total shots, six of which were on goal.

The title race could have been done and dusted after those two forgettable results, but Barcelona was mighty lucky that Atletico has also buckled under the pressure over the last couple of weeks.

Though they're three points back of the Mattress Makers, the Catalans have the vastly superior goal differential and they therefore just need a victory of any kind to emerge as the La Liga champions for the 2013/14 season.

Atletico Madrid
What an amazing season it's been for Atletico. Not only do they have a chance of winning the league, but they'll also compete in the Champions League final against Real Madrid two weekends from now.

However, the Mattress Makers have to be feeling the pressure after failing in their quest to wrap up the La Liga crown already. They've had their chances over the last couple playdays, but have come up short against both Levante (0-2) and Malaga (1-1).

Down a goal, Atletico evened up the score thanks to a Toby Alderweireld goal. They continued to pile on the pressure, generating numerous chances to get a game-winning goal, which would have seen them get three points and capture the title.

But, Malaga's goalkeeper Willy Caballero was up for the challenge and single-handedly stopped the Mattress Makers from the wild celebrations.

It couldn't be set up any better, at least for the neutral spectator. Atletico has to go into the Camp Nou and get a result if they want the trophy. Will they go out and earn at least a draw?

La Liga Pick
Though Atletico is on the up and up, Barcelona will always be the bigger name in the soccer world and that's why they're going to get a lot of love from the general public's soccer picks this weekend.

We're not so sure they're the best value play, however. The Mattress Makers are going to be set up to defend valiantly and then hurt the Catalans on the counter and they have the luxury of knowing they only need a draw to win the title.

We've already seen Atletico pull off some great results away from home and they've also given Barcelona fits in 2013/14. We look for them to make life difficult on the hosts, leading to a draw and a La Liga trophy for Diego Simeone's crew.

Soccer Pick: Barcelona 1 Atletico Madrid 1

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