How resilient is the defence of Levante? We are going to find out because they head to the Nou Camp for the second leg of this Copa del Rey tie, with a 2-1 advantage. Can they stick in there and shut out the Catalans? Or will Barca haul themselves through to the quarter-finals? Read our Barcelona v Levante betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 13th, 2019 at 6:55 p.m.)
Barcelona were nowhere near full strength for the first game of this contest and they ended up getting beaten 2-1. It was still an upset though as they had been favourites to collect the victory. But they have an away goal on the board and home advantage for the second leg. So they will probably be alright in the end. Barcelona have won all twelve of their previous home games in all competitions against Levante. One of those was a 2014 Copa del Rey tie which Barcelona won 5-1 at home. That was after having won 4-1 away in the first leg. Eleven of the last twelve meetings between the two sides have gone over 2.5 goals and that’s largely been down to the scoring of Barca.
Levante have failed to score in five of their last eight games against Barcelona and when they were both at full strength for a league meeting back in December, Barcelona won 5-0. It sounds like a simple game plan for Levante. Park the bus. But is that going to be enough really? That first leg win over Barca in his contest is their only victory in their last six played in all competitions (D2 L3). They are on a six-match winless streak on their travels as well. A 1-0 loss at Atletico Madrid in the league on the weekend snapped an eight-match scoring streak on their travels.
The first leg was an upset. Barcelona weren’t a full strength though. They will fix this tie and it’s probably worth backing them to win to nil at 20/21 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 13th, 2019 at 6:55 p.m.)
15th January 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Barcelona opened up a five-point lead at the top of La Liga last weekend as they collected yet another win. They face up to Eibar on Sunday at the Nou Camp looking to make it six straight league victories. Eibar are in the bottom half of the table with a four-match drawing sequence going. Read our Barcelona v Eibar betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 13th, 2019 at 8:30 p.m.)
Barcelona returned after the winter break and recorded a 2-1 away win at Getafe
That was their fifth straight La Liga victory
Barcelona have conceded just the one goal in their last five games played
Their overall home record this season is W6 D2 L1 in the Spanish top flight
Barca have averaged 3.3 goals per home game this term
56% of fixtures at the Nou Camp have ended over 3.5 goals
Barcelona have won their last two league home games, both 2-0 wins
In total, they have taken a clean sheet in three of their nine home games
The Catalans have been leading at half time in five of their home games
They have scored in each and every league game played this term
Barca have scored at least two goals in each of their last five league games
Of the goals which they have scored at home this season, 63% of them have been in the second half of games
Barcelona are the top scorers in La Liga this season
The Catalans have won all 8 previous meetings with Eibar
They have scored at least three goals in six of their eight previous
Barcelona have scored at least three goals in each of their four home games against Eibar
Eibar have failed to score in five of their eight previous contests against Barcelona
It looks on the surface to be a tough game for Eibar who are winless in five
They drew 0-0 against Villarreal last weekend
That was their fourth straight draw in the Spanish top flight
Overall away from home this season they are just W1 D3 L4
To their credit, they have lost only one of their last eight games (W2 D5)
In total, they have managed only five road goals this season
Eibar have conceded an average of 1.5 goals per away fixtures
Only 25% of their league games have gone over 2.5 goals
Their record at half time away from home is W5 L3 this season
Just twice they have opened the scoring in an away game
Only Huesca have a worse away record in La Liga than Eibar currently
Barcelona should be able to collect a fairly comfortable home win in this one. They have a big head to head record against Eibar and current form. Backing Barcelona to win to nil will run with some appeal for Sunday’s game.
11th January 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Barcelona are strong favourites to win this tussle with Levante in the round of sixteen of the Copa del Rey. This is the first leg of the tie. Barcelona have already paid a visit to Levante this season, pounding out a 5-0 away win there in the league. Read our Levante v Barcelona betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 7th, 2019 at 9:11 p.m.)
Levante earned a 2-2 draw at home against Girona over the weekend in La Liga
That leaves them winless in four games
They have only managed to take the two victories in their last ten games in competitions
They took out Luga from the Spanish second tier in the last round 3-1 on aggregate
Last season Levante lost at his stage 3-2 on aggregate against Espanyol
They have had a mixed season at home with a W4 D2 L4 record
They have scored at least two goals in seven of their ten home games this season
Just one of their home fixtures this season have ended under 2.5 goals
Levante have come up with a clean sheet in just two of their last ten games
This is a sizeable task for them as they haven’t scored in three of their last four at home against Barcelona
Levante are W1 D0 L3 in four previous Copa del Rey games against BArcelona
Barcelona won 5-0 at Levante back on December 16th, 2018
The Catalans have won eight of the last nine meetings with Levante
Levante did beat Barcelona at home in last season’s La Liga
Nine of the last eleven meetings have gone above 3.5 goals
Barcelona collected a 2-1 away win at Getafe on Sunday in La Liga
That was their third straight league win
They have remained unbeaten in their last nine games in all competitions (W7 D2)
Just once this season have Barcelona lost an away game
That was in the league out at Leganes back in September last year
They are undefeated in ten road games now, winning seven of those
Barcelona have scored at least two goals in each of their last four away games
Barca have taken two clean sheets in their last three games on the road
However both teams have scored in five of their last seven away from the Nou Camp
Barcelona are the reigning Copa del Rey holders
The last time they met Levante in the competition was in 2014 with Barca winning 9-2 on aggregate
There have been some great games between these two recently, plenty of goals having been produced. So we are going for more of the same but with Barcelona coming out on top in the first leg of course. Barcelona to win & both teams to score.
8th January 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Barcelona returns to action after the winter break and they are looking for their fifth straight Premier League win. They will be hoping to get caught cold in this one as they face a Getafe side who have proven to be hard to beat. They are sitting just outside of the top six and unbeaten in five. Read our Getafe v Barcelona betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on 3rd January 2019 at 10:16 p.m.)
Getafe are unbeaten in their last five league games with a W2 D3 record
They earned a 1-1 draw at Girona in their final game before the winter break
Their home form for the season is W4 D1 L3
They have managed just the eight goals in those eight home games
Getafe have shipped only the four goals on home soil this season
Just one of their home games in La Liga have made it over 2.5 goals
They have won their last two games at home, clean sheet wins over Espanyol and Real Sociedad
They have taken a clean sheet in 62% of their home games
Each of the four wins on home soil this season they have earned have been with a clean sheet
They have been level at the halftime break in five of their eight home fixtures (W2 L1)
Getafe have scored in each of their last five league games
75% of their home goals scored this season have been in the second period of games
They have conceded three of their four home goals after the halftime break as well
Barcelona took a 2-1 win in last season’s corresponding fixture
Getafe are winless in thirteen games against Barcelona
Barcelona have five clean sheets in their last six against Getafe
Getafe are just W3 D6 L21 in their head to head against Barca
The Catalans are on a four-match winning streak in La Liga
They went into the winter break on the back of a 2-0 home win over Celta Vigo
Barcelona have not conceded in any of their last four home games
Their away form for the season is W5 D2 L1 in the league
Their output of goals is at 18 in their away games this season
They have conceded just the seven goals on the road
62% of their away games have gone over 2.5 goals
Barcelona have scored a total of nine goals in their last two La Liga away games
They have earned a clean sheet in 38% of road fixtures this season
Lionel Messi scored six goals in his final three games before the winter break
Barcelona’s halftime away form reads W3 D4 L1 this season
They have scored in all seventeen league games this season
They have also netted at least two goals in each of their last four league outings
Barca have opened the scoring in five of their eight road games
Barcelona has a strong record in terms of clean sheets recently against Getafe. They tightened up greatly this season before the winter break. We can only see a Barcelona to win to nil result playing itself out.
5th January 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
The draw for the round of sixteen in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League was made on Monday, December 17th. The remaining teams in the competition now all know who they will be up against. Three of the four English sides in the draw all have to take on German Bundesliga opponents, while Manchester United find themselves with a tough task against French champions PSG.
The first legs of the round of sixteen take place on 12-13 and 19-20 February 2019. The reverse fixtures will be played on March 5-6 and 12-13, 2019.
Man City 3/1
Real Madrid 12/1
Bayern Munich 14/1
Atletico Madrid 20/1
Borussia Dortmund 33/1
Manchester United 50/1
* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 17th, 2018 at 12:16 pm)
Schalke v Manchester City
Atletico Madrid v Juventus
Manchester United v Paris St-Germain
Tottenham v Borussia Dortmund
Lyon v Barcelona
Roma v Porto
Ajax v Real Madrid
Liverpool v Bayern Munich
What a tie this should be. Liverpool, after a second-place finish in the group stage behind PSG, finds themselves paired up with German giants Bayern Munich. But to be fair, Munich aren’t quite the powerhouse that they were. They are only in third place in the Bundesliga, struggling to keep pace with Borussia Dortmund this season. It’s not been a smooth ride for boss Niko Kovac who took over in the summer. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has faced Bayern Munich 29 times during his managerial career and has earned a W9 D4 L16 record from that. This will be the first meeting between the two clubs since Liverpool took a 3-2 over the Germans in the 2001 UEFA Super Cup.
Liverpool are the 3/4 favourites To Qualify* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 17th, 2018 at 12:16 pm).
Manchester United are out as nothing more than 50/1 chancers* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 17th, 2018 at 12:16 pm) to win the Champions League this season. They had a chance on matchday six to go for the group win but decided not to push for it and it has been costly. They get to take on the likes of Neymar and Edinson Cavani as they go up against PSG. PSG topped their group ahead of Liverpool and the French champions are favourites to progress through this tie. Incidentally, they have yet to make it past the quarter finals of the UEFA Champions League. But United are going to have a hard time trying to stop them getting back there. It is PSG who are 3/10 favourites To Qualify* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 17th, 2018 at 12:16 pm)
Realistically looking at the draw, Schalke were one of the teams that all of the group winners would have wanted to draw. Manchester City got them. Schalke finished behind Porto in Group D in the first round and really didn’t look anything special. So it should be an expected win in this tie for Manchester City. This will be the first meeting between the two clubs. The Citizens are the outright favourites to win this season’s Champions League. Despite their early setback with a home defeat against Lyon on matchday one, the Citizens held their nerve to recover well and win the group still. City are strong 1/33 odds favourites to win this time outright* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 17th, 2018 at 12:16 pm).
Just last season Spurs and Borussia Dortmund did battle in the group stage. Spurs won both of their games. But they will be facing a totally different Dortmund beast this time around. Borussia Dortmund are the runaway leaders of the Bundesliga and they topped their Champions League group ahead of Atletico Madrid as well. They have tremendous attacking power and will definitely cause the Lilywhites a problem or two. Spurs looked out of the running for a place in the round of sixteen after taking just one point from their first three games. But some late drama in the second half of the group campaign saw them squeeze through, a 1-1 draw at the Nou Camp against Barcelona on matchday six. You can take an early price of 10/11 on either To Qualify* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 17th, 2018 at 12:16 pm).
Granted it wasn’t the most convincing of group campaigns by Real Madrid but they got the group win nonetheless. The reigning European champions will be fairly pleased with their draw against Ajax. That is because they have won each of their last six games against them, averaging well over two goals per game in that sequence. Real Madrid lead the head to head with Ajax 7-4 with one drawn game. This will be the first meeting between teeth two clubs since the 2012 group stage where Real Madrid won both games 4-1. Ajax made their way through to the knockout stage after a second place finish in the group stage behind Bayern Munich. Real Madrid are the 1/8 favourites To Qualify* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 17th, 2018 at 12:16 pm).
This is one of the best looking ties of the round of sixteen. Atletico Madrid got a rough draw here after finishing second in their group to Borussia Dortmund. They did finish level on points with the Germans, but get a tough battle on their hands here and that first leg at home is going to be crucial for them. As a positive, they are unbeaten in their last nine games against Italian sides which kindles their 1-0 home win and 0-0 draw against Juventus in the 2014 group stage. Despite a bizarre home blip against Manchester United and an away defeat against Young Boys in the group stage, Juventus won their group. The Old Lady lead the overall head to head 4-2 against Atletico with the one drawn game. You can only imagine that this is going to be as tight as it gets but Juventus are 2/5 odds-on To Qualify* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 17th, 2018 at 12:16 pm).
Lyon impressed greatly against Manchester City in the group stage. They opened the campaign with a win at the Etihad against the English champions before playing out a draw back on home soil against them. Will they be able to handle themselves against Barcelona in the round of sixteen. Lyon do look a strong and well-organised side but they will be looking for their first ever win against Barca? The Spaniards are W4 D2 from their six previous games and Real Madrid have netted in each of those against Lyon. Barcelona faced a tricky group stage in having to take on Inter Milan and Tottenham, but they got their heads down very well and went unbeaten with a W4 D2 record to win the group. Barcelona are the 1/14 odds-on favourites To Qualify* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 17th, 2018 at 12:16 pm).
Porto topped their group over Schalke and that has set them up with another clash against Italian side Roma. They went head to head in a high-profile tie in last season’s playoffs. It was Porto who came out on top with a 4-1 aggregate success. That was the only time that these two had previously come together. Roma scrapped their way through to second place in Group G behind Real Madrid but didn’t have it all that easy at all in a W3 L3 record there with Viktoria Plzen and CSKA Moscow both churning out results very well. Roma could have been in a spot of bother had those other two not have drawn on matchday one. You can take 10/11 on either To Qualify* (betting odds taken from bet365 on December 17th, 2018 at 12:16 pm).
17th December 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
Tottenham will be hoping that they can catch Barcelona cold at the Nou Camp on Tuesday night. Barcelona have already won the group so could actually take the night off. Tottenham need Inter to not gain any points on them from Tuesday’s games in order to qualify. Inter are playing bottom side PSV so Spurs may have to pull out something special in Spain. Read our Barcelona v Tottenham betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on December 11th, 2018 at 1:51 p.m.)
The Catalans have already won this group in the Champions League having qualified for the next round at the end of match day four. Their home returns in the group so far have been a 4-0 win over PSV and a 2-0 success over Inter. Barcelona are now undefeated in 28 Champions League home games (W26 D2). Remarkably they have won all of their home games in their last five Group Stage campaign. The last time they lost a group stage home game was back in 2009 (W25 D2). They hosted an English side last season, beating Chelsea 3-0 in the round of sixteen.
Barcelona home record against English sides is W20 D11 L2. The Spaniards are on a five-match winning streak at home against English opposition. They have won seven of their last eight on home turf against Premier League sides. The Catalans are on a four-match winning streak in all competitions at the moment on home soil. Lionel Messi, who tormented Spurs in the first meeting this season, has scored 17 goals in 16 games in all competitions. He is the joint top scorer in this season’s Champions League alongside Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski (6 goals). In all competitions, Barcelona are W10 D4 L1 this season.
Barcelona took a 4-2 win at Wembley on match day two
Prior to this season, the two had only met in the 1981/81 Cup Winners’ Cup
There was a 1-1 at White Hart Lane
Barcelona won 1-0 at home
After losing their opening two games of the group stage, Spurs have done well to put themselves in with a chance of qualification. A win will get them through to the round of sixteen guaranteed. Otherwise, they have to try and not let Inter gain any points on them on the night or else they will be out. Away from home so far in the group, Spurs lost at Inter and draw at PSV in this season’s group stage. They have collected only the four wins in their last 17 European away games (D6 L7) which does appear to limit their chances of getting three points. Last season they took seven points on their travels.
Tottenham have a D2 L3 record from five previous visits to Spain. They have picked up just the two wins in their 13 previous games against Spanish opposition. They have taken a W2 D4 L7 in their 13 previous games against Spanish sides. They are showing great current form though with eight wins in their last nine games in all competition (L1). Out on their travels in all competitions they are W9 D1 L3 so are pretty good travellers. Harry Kane has seven goals in his last ten appearances in all competitions and they are going to need a big game from their main man.
Barcelona don’t have anything at stake, but still, it’s not easy to beat them at the Nou Camp. Spurs have to be positive and press but that could still them vulnerable against a relaxed Barcelona side. Barcelona to win & both teams to score.
9th December 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
Little doubt about the big clash of the weekend from continental Europe. It is all eyes on the top of La Liga as leaders Barcelona taken on third-placed Atletico. Barca are just the one point ahead of their challenges and suffered a shock defeat before the international break. Can Atletico make the most of home advantage? Read our Atletico Madrid v Barcelona betting tips for more.
Atletico Madrid 21/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 19th, 2018 at 10:48 p.m.)
Atletico Madrid collected a 3-2 home success over Athletic Bilbao in their last league game. It leaves them on a big nine-match stretch of unbeaten form in La Liga (W4 D5). They have been their usual resilient and tough selves, earning a clean sheet in four their six home fixtures. Atletico Madrid are 4/1 odds to win to nil in this one* (betting odds taken on November 20th, 2018 at 7:01 pm). On home soil, they have eleven goals in their six game s, shipping just the three in total.
Their form at the Metropolitano is W5 D1 from their six played. They have won their last four on home soil in the league. Just 33% of their home games have made it over 2.5 goals. This weekend’s fixture there is 8/11 to go under 2.5 goals* (betting odds taken on November 20th, 2018 at 7:01 pm). Atletico have scored 64% of their home games after the halftime break in matches this season. They have come up with a goal in each of their home games as well this term. They have scored at least two goals in their last two home games.
There was a 1-1 draw in last season’s corresponding fixture
Both teams have scored in eight of the last ten meetings in all competitions
Barca are unbeaten in six games against Atletico (W3 D3) in all competitions
Barca have won three of their last four league games at Atletico
Barcelona had a really strange game at home against Real Betis before the international break as they lost 3-4. They had been running on a three-match winnings streak in La Liga before than, so it was a major upset at the Nou Camp. Still, their scoring output has been getting much better as they have scored at least three goals in each of their last four league games. They are the top scorers in La Liga. Out on the road in La, Liga Barcelona are W3 D1 L1 for the season. They have won just one of their last three away games though (D1 L1).
Barcelona have only netted eight goals in their five road games so have been nowhere near as prolific as they have been at home. They have shipped over a goal per game on average as well on their travels. Both teams to score is at 19/20 odds* (betting odds taken on November 20th, 2018 at 7:01 pm). Barca have no clean sheet in any of their last four away games. Barcelona have scored in all twelve of their league fixtures this season and 62% of their away goals have come in the second half of games. Barcelona have been leading at halftime in just one away game this season.
Barcelona really haven’t been at their best on their travels and they could have a hard time getting the better of such a good home side that Atletico Madrid are. Given that neither are going to want to lose this in a tight title race, the draw in the match outright looks the best bet.
22nd November 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Barcelona only need a win in this one to secure a top-two place in Group B of the Champions League, which incidentally is Tottenham’s group as well. Barcelona took a 2-0 win over Inter on match day three and the Italians will be looking for revenge to give themselves a massive boost towards reaching the next round. Read our Inter v Barcelona betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 4th, 2018 at 2:39 p.m.)
The Italians will ensure that they get a top two finish if they can land a win in this one over Barcelona on Tuesday night and there is a draw in the other game between Spurs and PSV. Inter suffered a 2-0 loss at the Nou Camp against Barcelona on match day three to leave them with a W2 D1 record. In both of their group wins, Inter came from behind to beat their opponents. They scored two goals in the final four minutes of their game against Spurs (their only game at the San Siro so far) to produce a dramatic win, Mauro Icardi getting the first goal to pull them level. Mauro Icardi is at 7/4 odds in the anytime goalscorer market* (betting odds taken on November 4th 2018 at 10:47 am) and he has scored in both of their wins in the group so far.
Inter have won their last three European home games so have a bit of form at the San Siro and they have made it out of their group in each of their last eight campaigns. The last time that the Nerazzurri had met up with a Spanish side before their meeting with Barcelona this season was against Atletico Madrid back in 2010. Their last home game against a Spanish side saw Inter collect a 3-1 win over Barcelona. In the correct score market, a 1-1 draw is a shortest priced option at 6/1* (betting odds taken on November 4th 2018 at 10:47 am). Inter are unbeaten in their last eight home games against Spanish sides (W3 D5). Their only home defeat in 18 previous games at the San Siro against Spanish opposition was to Alaves in the 200/01 UEFA Cup (W9 D8).
There has only been six meetings between the two sides before this season
Each of those meetings were after 2003
Inter are W1 D2 in three previous home games against Barcelona
Barcelona have won all three of their home games against Inter
Barcelona are cruising their way to the next round having rattled off ten goals so far in producing three wins from three. That ten-goal haul leaves them as the current joint top-scorers in the campaign alongside PSG. Barcelona have won their group in each of their last 11 seasons and will probably get the job done again. They won’t have fond memories of Italy though as they suffered a 3-0 loss at Roma in the second leg of last season’s quarter finals to get knocked out. Both teams to score is at 8/13 odds* (betting odds taken on November 4th 2018 at 10:47 am)
Barcelona were on a ten-match unbeaten streak of form in the Champions League before the loss at Roma (W6 D4). Barcelona produced a W1 D2 record away from home, and they collected a clean sheet in each of those as well. Their record out on the road in the Champions League isn’t great with just six victories in their last seventeen on the road (D5 L6).
The Spaniards have picked up four losses in their last ten games out on the road in Europe (W3 D3). Barcelona have not collected a victory in any of their last seven trips to Italy having picked up a D4 L3 record in hat sequence. Their overall record away from home against Italian sides is just W6 D10 L7. Luis Suarez has six goals in his last four games for Barcelona and he is the even-money first goalscorer favourite though* (betting odds taken on November 4th 2018 at 10:47 am).
Inter have been showing some good form this season but still, they came up short when faced with the might of Barcelona. But they could battle and raise their game better at the San Siro and they have coped with the might of Barcelona before there. Draw. That suits Barcelona fine.
5th November 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
This is one of the most anticipated fixtures in European football, but strangely it is missing a little something. There is no Lionel Messi and no Cristiano Ronaldo in this one, the game’s status having been raised in recent times before the personal duels those legends have had. This is still a special fixture and leaders Barcelona will be defending a four-point lead they hold over their rivals. Read our Barcelona v Real Madrid betting tips for more.
Real Madrid 13/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 29th, 2018 at 6:35 p.m.)
Barcelona head into weekend action at the top of La Liga with a W5 D3 L1 record. They were winless in four before the international break but responded with a 4-2 win over Sevilla on their return to action last weekend. That was a top-two battle them as well. Barcelona will be defending unbeaten home form this season in the league and they have scored at least two goals in all but one of those games.
Over 2.5 goals is at 8/15 odds for the game* (betting odds taken on October 25th, 2018 at 10:23 pm). There are plenty of stats to back that up as 80% of Barcelona’s home games this season have gone over 2.5 goals and 60% of them have made it even further over 3.5 goals. Barcelona themselves have averaged 3.6 goals per home game this season for a total of 18 in four games.
They have had their issues defensively though because after opening with back to back clean sheets, they have not earned one in any of their last seven league games now in the top flight. Both teams to score is at 1/2 odds* (betting odds taken on October 25th, 2018 at 10:23 pm). Of that massive 18 goal tally at the Nou Camp, twelve of them have been in the second half of their matches.
Lionel Messi has a fractured arm so is out and that leaves Luis Suarez at 10/3 odds and as the favourite in the first goalscorer market* (betting odds taken on October 25th, 2018 at 10:23 pm). Given his scoring form, that is a blow for Barca to miss Messi, who is the all-time goal-scoring leader in the history of the Clasico with 26 goals and fourteen assists.
For the first time since 2007, neither Messi or Ronaldo will be appearing in a Clasico
Barcelona have won four of their last six games against Madrid (D1 L1)
In their last four at the Nou Camp against Madrid, Barcelona are W1 D2 L1
Both teams have scored in eight of the last ten league clashes
13 of the last 15 between them in all competitions have produced at least 3 goals in each
Real Madrid are struggling at the moment. In La Liga, they are winless in four with a terrible D1 L3 record including shock losses against Alaves and Levante. They were D1 L4 in all competitions before an unconvincing home win over Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League in midweek. That’s three goals in their last six games in all competitions, and two of those have been from defender Marcelo. Overall Los Blancos are W4 D2 L3 this season and are only W1 D1 L2 away from the Bernabeu.
So with some clear problem in scoring (one goal in four league games) a Barcelona 2-1 correct score is at 15/2 odds* (betting odds taken on October 25th, 2018 at 10:23 pm). The recent head to head still points to Madrid getting on the scoresheet. Los Blancos have faced two for the current top four away from home and have lost both games without scoring. In total, they have come up with five away goals, while they have conceded six goals on their travels.
They don’t have a clean sheet away from the Bernabeu so far and in last season’s campaign after nine games, Real Madrid were six points better off than they currently are. Gareth Bale is their 13/10 shortest priced anytime goalscorer option* (betting odds taken on October 25th, 2018 at 10:23 pm). Just to highlight their lack of scoring this season, they equalised a record last year for scoring in 73 consecutive games. They have failed to score in four of their nine league outings this season.
We can’t look past Barcelona and although Real Madrid are struggling for goals, we are going to back both teams to score here. But Barcelona look in much better shape in terms of depth than their rivals do and heap more misery on Madrid.
26th October 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
This is the first of back to back games in the group between these two. They are leading the way in Group B with six points each but Barcelona have the edge in scoring so far over the Italians. Barcelona will be missing Lionel Messi and will have one eye on El Clasico next weekend. Read our Barcelona v Inter Milan betting tips for more.
Inter Milan 6/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 21st, 2018 at 00:35 a.m.)
It has been plain sailing for Barcelona so far in the Champions League as they have put four goals past both PSV and Spurs in victories over their group opponents. Of those eight goals netted, five of them have come from Lionel Messi. He picked up a fractured arm on the weekend so will be missing from action for a while. That’s a massive blow for them. It leaves Luis Suarez as the anytime goalscorer favourite at 8/13 odds* (betting odds taken on October 22nd, 2018 at 12:55 pm)
Barcelona’s record against Italian clubs is W25 D16 L11 and the home part of that is W15 D5 L2. They faced Juventus and Roma last season in the competition and from those four games, Barcelona took a W1 D2 L1 record. The Catalans were on a ten-match unbeaten streak of from before they lost the second leg of their last eight tie against Roma last season (W6 D4). Barcelona have won their group in each of their last eleven campaign, making it to the quarterfinals at least in each of those seasons.
To the home form of the Blaugrana then which is so impressive. They are undefeated in 27 UEFA Champions League home fixtures and they are a remarkable W25 D2 in that run of games. Barcelona are W8 D3 L1 in all competitions his season (W4 D2 at home) but they don’t have a clean sheet in any of their last six. So it is well worth a look at both teams to score at 4/6 odds* (betting odds taken on October 22nd, 2018 at 12:55 pm) in this huge clash with Inter.
Barcelona are on a three-match winning streak at home against Inter
Barca and Inter met four times in the 2009/10 UCL
Barcelona are W3 D2 L1 in their six previous UCL games against Inter
Both teams have scored in just one of the six previous UCL meetings
Barcelona have five clean sheets in six previous UCL games against Inter
The overall head to head between them has Barcelona at W5 D3 L2
Inter Milan have kept pace with Barcelona but their wins haven’t quite come as easily as those of the Spaniards. Inter fought back from 1-0 down in both of their games against Spurs and PSV Eindhoven to bank a 2-1 successes. Their victory at PSV in their last fixture snapped a poor run of four straight away defeats that they were running on in European competition. They needed that for sure. It was their first win in eight games on the road (D3 L4) as well in Europe.
Inter have gotten out of the group in each of their last eight Champions League campaigns, so that’s a strong record. This will be their first meeting with a Spanish club since the 2010 UEFA Super Cup. The Italians hold just a W3 D2 L13 record in Spain and they haven’t claimed a victory there since 2004. Overall then, Inter Milan’s record against Spanish clubs is W13 D10 L15.
Striker Mauro Icardi netted a stoppage-time winner to give Inter the 1-0 win in the Milan derby on the weekend in dramatic fashion. It leaves the striker on a three-match scoring streak of form (with four goals in total) and is a 7/4 anytime goalscorer option* (betting odds taken on October 22nd, 2018 at 12:55 pm). The victory over AC Milan in that big derby clash at the San Siro has left Inter on a fantastic seven-match winning streak in all competition. Can they keep that going in the best possible fashion?
Barcelona have distractions for sure and because of that, we are going to stick out there for Inter getting a draw. They did well against Spurs and aren’t going to be easily broken. Both will probably be happy enough overall with a point all things considered.
23rd October 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting