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As the FIFA international break mercifully comes to a close, Europe’s top clubs are preparing for the final push through the holiday season, and we kick off Saturday with a big one. Watch Atletico Madrid vs. Barcelona online to see if Antoine Griezmann and Atletico can move into first place with a win, or if Lionel Messi and co. stay on top. With Real Madrid slacking in sixth place, this game will go a long way to determine who wins La Liga in 2018-19. Here’s everything you need to catch the Atletico Madrid vs. Barcelona live stream.
Atletico Madrid vs. Barcelona
- When: 2:45pm ET, Saturday, Nov. 24
- Where: Wanda Metropolitano in Madrid
- Streaming: beIN Sports on FuboTV, Sling TV, and DirecTV Now
Atletico Madrid vs. Barcelona live stream: How to watch for free
There are only three live TV streaming services that offer beIN Sports, which you’ll need to watch any La Liga matches. Here’s what you need to know about each one and how to get a free trial.
1) Sling TV
- Sling TV pricing: $25-$40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, and iOS and Android devices
Sling TV offers two base channel packages, both of which cost just $25 per month: Sling Orange, which contains three ESPN channels, and Sling Blue, which boasts FS1 and FS2, NBCSN, and plenty more, in addition to local channels. Sling Orange + Blue combines the two packages for $40 per month. To get the most international soccer action, you’ll want to add either Sports Extra: Sling Orange ($5 per month) or Sports Extra: Sling Blue ($10 per month) to get BeIn Sports. The main difference between the two is that the latter also includes NFL RedZone. Alternatively, you can add Español: Best of Spanish TV package for Sling Orange or Sling Blue and get two beIN Sports channels. Both packages cost $5 per month after your free trial. (Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels.)
- Cost: $39.99 for your first month and $44.99 per month thereafter (with a seven-day free trial)
- Devices: Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Android TV, iOS and Android devices
FuboTV is one of the leading live TV streaming services, offering a compelling combination of sports (NBA TV, NFL Network), entertainment (AMC, Syfy, FX), and news (MSNBC, CNN) channels in its core package. But where it really shines is with international soccer, offering UniMas, 10 beIN Sports channels, NBCSN, FS1 and FS2, and more, so you can watch everything from English Premier League to La Liga all in one place. You’ll also get three-day replay for games and 30 hours of cloud DVR. (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)
3) DirecTV Now
- Cost: $40-$75 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire Stick
DirecTV Now, the online alternative to DirecTV, offers five different channel packages. While the entry-level Live a Little package ($40 per month) covers most of your bases, for international soccer, you’ll want to get the Todo y Mas (“Everything and More”) for $45 per month. This package is geared toward Spanish-speaking viewers, with channels like Univision, ESPN Deportes, Telemundo, and CNN En Español. It’s the only DirecTV Now option that includes beIN Sports, which you’ll need for La Liga matches. (You can view the full DirecTV Now channels list here.)
Atletico Madrid vs. Barcelona: Why it matters
Death, taxes, and Atletico Madrid clean sheets. This team has been the same for nearly 10 years, and Diego Simeone’s squad isn’t changing. Atletico is happy defending the whole game and beating you 1-0, and its 2013-14 La Liga title is the proof in the pudding. Add in new summer signings Gelson Martins and Thomas Lemar, and Atletico looks ready to challenge for both the Champions League and La Liga.
Barcelona hasn’t had any problems so far this season, as the club has taken care of business both in Spain and Europe. While the team may not be as fun to watch under manager Ernesto Valverde, it now has a good combination of ball movement and solidity on defense. The tiki-taka play will always live on at the Camp Nou, but Valverde’s 4-4-2 formation allows the team to settle back into its shape and defend in a way that Barcelona teams are not known for. Don’t look now, but Valverde is bringing more defensive-oriented, Mourinho-like soccer into Pep Guardiola’s house of offense, and it just might bring them another Champions League.
Here, the only thing up for grabs is the three points. This one is a test, not a quiz. These teams know exactly how they are going to play. Both teams can afford a loss at this point, as neither will be derailed in La Liga or UCL after just one game. But it’s a statement game, to tell the rest of Europe that this is their year. Tactically, we know that even at home Atletico will sit back and try to get a goal on the counter-attack. Barcelona loves nothing more than the bulk of possession, so both teams will be in their element. I like an incomplete: Atletico 2-2 Barcelona.
La Liga Matchday 13
Friday, Nov. 23
- Leganes vs. Alaves, 3:00pm ET
Saturday, Nov. 24
- Eibar vs. Real Madrid , 7:00am ET
- Valencia vs. Rayo Vallecano, 10:15am ET
- Huesca vs. Levante, 12:30pm ET
- Atletico Madrid vs. FC Barcelona, 2:45pm ET
Sunday, Nov. 25
- Athletic Bilbao vs. Getafe, 6:00am ET
- Sevilla FC vs. Real Valladolid, 10:15am ET
- Espanyol vs. Girona, 12:30pm ET
- Villareal vs. Real Betis, 2:45pm ET
Monday, Nov. 26
- Real Sociedad vs. Celta Vigo, 3:00pm ET
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Jackson Fowler is the Daily Dot's resident soccer expert. He's an editorial intern with the newsroom this semester. You can follow him on Twitter at @jacksonflwoer.