KING OF THE CARDS Gavin Murphy (@GamePlanGavin) returns to tackle the biggest game of the weekend, from La Liga.
Barcelona v Atletico Madrid | Saturday 15.00
The biggest game in world football this weekend is surely the meeting of Spain’s top two teams in Barcelona.
Second-placed Atletico Madrid, fresh from their Copa Del Rey exit in midweek, will surely be fully committed to what could be an attritional battle in the trenches.
The Spanish FA have appointed Alberto Mallenco as referee in an apparent attempt to keep these two in check.
History shows us though, that he will struggle to do so. He refereed these two outfits in May and dished out eight cards that day with six arriving after half-time.
Mallenco also took charge of Atletico’s Madrid derby with Real earlier this season and brandished 10 cards on that occasion – seven of the cautions were given in the second-half.
I think he will again try and retain some sort of control before the half-time oranges are handed out. Therefore, I’m backing Over 3 Cards in the second-half (4+ cards required to win) at 5/6 with William Hill.
Barcelona v Atletico Madrid – Over 3 Cards in the second-half (5/6 William Hill)
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