Atletico Madrid vs Barcelona predicted line-up: Messi set to start in La Liga title clash

Atletico Madrid face FC Barcelona in La Liga in arguably the biggest match of each team’s season so far. View...

Atletico Madrid face FC Barcelona in La Liga in arguably the biggest match of each team’s season so far. View predicted line-ups here.

Both Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona are five points clear of their traditional rivals Real Madrid, meaning that after this weekend one could extend that to eight – or one could be just two points ahead of Los Meringues depending on results.

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The good news for Barca coach Tata Martino is that he once again has the best player in the world at his disposal – one Lionel Messi, who scored two goals upon coming off the pitch from the bench against Getafe in midweek.

The Argentine superstar could be ready to face Atleti from the start.

Diego Simeone will hope that his own strikeforce of David Villa and Diego Costa will be enough to counter the threat of Messi and his colleagues Neymar and Alexis Sanchez.

View the predicted line-ups below.

Atletico Madrid vs FC Barcelona - La Liga - 11th January 2014 - Football tactics and formations

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