It is why football is such a great game. Barcelona were just two games from completing a historic unbeaten season. They had just come through tough games against Villarreal and Real Madrid and then their streak fell down against Levante on the weekend, a side just above the drop zone. Barcelona still have the title in their bag but it was a shock loss for them. Real Sociedad are playing for nothing.
Barcelona 1/4, Draw 5/1, Real Sociedad 9/1 (Betting Odds taken at 8:05 p.m. on May 14th, 2018)
So the pressure of the unbeaten season is off Barcelona after that crazy 5-4 loss at Levante on the weekend. You won’t see a worse defensive performance ever from them and they were 5-1 down at one point and in the end, couldn’t come up with an equaliser in the last twenty minutes. They didn’t have Lionel Messi playing as they took a crazy risk and rested him. Philippe Coutinho netted a hattrick in the game though and was brilliant for the Catalans. But Messi should be back in the starting line up for their final game of the term and will head up the bet365 first goalscorer market. Barcelona’s home record is W15 D3 L0 for the season and they have scored in each of their last seven. They thumped Villarreal 5-1 in their last home game and have scored at least two goals in each of their last five at the Nou Camp. They have conceded a lot of goals lately and in the bet365 correct score market a Barcelona 3-1 at 9/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 8:05 p.m. on May 14th, 2018). Both teams have scored in each of Barcelona’s last eight league games.
So both teams to score at bet365 is at 2/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 8:05 p.m. on May 14th, 2018) and as there is nothing riding on this game it is worth looking for goals and over 4.5 goals is as short as 10/11 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 8:05 p.m. on May 14th, 2018). Real Sociedad start the game in mid-table and they have won five of their last seven games played (L2). The two defeats in that sequence though were in their last two away games, suffering defeats at the relegated Malaga and then seventh-placed Sevilla. Sociedad have some shocking away form on the board this season with a W4 D4 L10 record and they have won just one of their last fourteen road games. So it’s unlikely they are going to break out a win in this one and they have lost at each of the other top five this season but did score in each of those defeats. Sociedad have averaged just over a goal per game on their travels and have managed a clean sheet in just over a quarter of their road games. Points may be hard to come by in this one for them.
When the two met earlier this season back in January, Barcelona collected a 4-2 away win over Sociedad and that is a five-match unbeaten streak that they are on against them at the moment home and away in the league. Each of the last three meetings in all competitions have produced at least five goals in them. Barcelona are on a 21 match winning streak at home against Sociedad in all competitions and that is from 23 previous times they have hosted them (W22 D1).
Barcelona will be hurting from that loss against Levante last weekend and they were shockingly poor at the back. So it’s worth backing goals to flow at the Nou Camp in this one so look for a home win & over 3.5 goals.
17th May 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Barcelona will go in search of edging closer to completing a full unbeaten season in La Liga. They played out an ill-tempered 2-2 draw with rivals Real Madrid on the weekend, having to get through the second half with ten men. They will be facing a Villarreal side who have found a bit of form with a three-match winning streak going.
Barcelona 3/10, Draw 9/2, Villarreal 15/2* (Betting Odds taken at 3:35 a.m. on May 6th, 2018)
Barcelona would have been happy to have settled for the 2-2 draw against Real Madrid on the weekend under the circumstances. They lost Sergi Roberto just before half time to a red card with the score at 1-1. Despite that Lionel Messi put them ahead in the second half but they couldn’t hold out for the three points. It doesn’t really matter. Barcelona have won the league and they are trying to close in on the history of completing the season unbeaten something which has never been done in the modern era of La Liga. Barcelona are W14 D3 at home this season in the league and after this one, they face two bottom half of the table sides to close out the season with. Get through this and they should close out the term without defeat. A Barcelona/Barcelona half-time/ full-time bet for 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 11:07 a.m. on May 6th, 2018) is a good option at bet365 as the Blaugrana have been leading at half time in 12 of their 17 home games. Lionel Messi is the top scorer for the season in La Liga and Barcelona to win to nil will appeal too as they have won 53% of their home games to nil.
There is a lot riding on this game for Villarreal who are only two points out of fifth place in the league. This is their game in hand over fifth-placed Real Betis so could make a move if they can dig out a win, which isn’t going to be easy. Villarreal are on a three-match winning streak at the moment, all of those were home games though and their last one was against fourth-placed Valencia on the weekend. So that was a good result. Their away form is not up to much at the moment as they are only W1 D2 L2 in their last five on the road. Their away record overall this season is W6 D4 L7 so average at best and they have averaged just a goal per game on their travels. Four of their seven defeats away from home this season have been by a one-goal margin only and Barcelona to win by a one-goal margin at bet365 is at 3/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 11:07 a.m. on May 6th, 2018). 67% of the goals that they have conceded away from home this term have come in the second half of matches. Even though they are in form, taking a win at the Nou Camp may be out of their reach.
Barcelona were 2-0 winners over Villarreal earlier this season and that leaves them with back to back wins over them. Barcelona are undefeated in their last nineteen games against Villarreal in all competitions. They are on a seven-match winning streak at the Nou Camp against them.
Barcelona are not likely to let things slip now at this stage of the season. The fact that they still took the lead against Real Madrid with ten men and weren’t beaten says a lot about them. Look for them to edge this one at the Nou Camp
7th May 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
A bit of shine has been rubbed off of El Clasico on the weekend. Barcelona have already won the league title and Real Madrid are more interested in European action having moved through to the final of the Champions League in midweek. But what is at stake is pride and Barcelona’s unbeaten record for the season. Can the Catalans keep it intact?
Barcelona 4/6, Draw 7/2, Real Madrid 16/5* (Betting Odds taken at 4:51 p.m. on May 2nd, 2018)
A hat-trick from Lionel Messi helped Barcelona wrap up the league title last weekend. It has been a cakewalk for them and they are at W26 D8 L0 for the season overall. They are just four games from completing a historic unbeaten season and their next two games, this one against Madrid and then at home against Villarreal could make or break that. Barcelona’s home form is W14 D2 and they are on a five-match winning streak on home soil having scored at least two goals in four of those five games. 50% of their home games Barcelona have won with a clean sheet and with bet365 Barca to win to nil is at 3/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:51 p.m. on May 2nd, 2018). Barcelona have conceded just the eight goals at home this season, while they have averaged 2.8 goals per game themselves. They have also been ahead at half time in twelve home fixtures which could lend value to a Barcelona/Barcelona half time/ full-time punt. They have only failed to score in one home game this season and Lionel Messi has scored 19 of his 32 goals this season in La Liga at the Nou Camp. At this point, avoiding defeat would probably leave Barcelona happy enough.
Real Madrid have bigger focus elsewhere after not having been in the league title race at all this season. It’s fair to say that they aren’t playing all that well and they are W2 D2 in their last four league games, albeit distracted by their Champions League progress. Their last two league wins have both been by a 2-1 margin, while the two drawn matches in their last four were both 1-1 ties. Their defence hasn’t been good and offensively they have been carried by Cristiano Ronaldo. The 1-1 draw in the bet365 correct score market is at 17/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:51 p.m. on May 2nd, 2018) but with Barcelona carrying a clear edge over their rivals at the moment then a Barcelona 2-1 may appeal at 15/2* (Betting Odds taken at 4:51 p.m. on May 2nd, 2018). Real Madrid’s away record is at W10 D4 L2 for the season and they are on a three-match winning streak on their travels. They have averaged just over two goals per game away but have conceded at just over a goal per game. They have managed a clean sheet in just a quarter of their away games.
Barcelona eased to a 3-0 win at the Bernabeu when the two met in the league earlier this season. They did also meet up in the Spanish Super Cup just before the start of the season and Real Madrid won that 5-1 on aggregate. Looking specifically at the last seven league meetings, Barcelona are W4 D1 L2 against their great rivals. Their form on home soil in the league has seen Barcelona take just one point from their last two at the Nou Camp against Real Madrid though. Both teams have scored in seven of the last nine meetings. Eleven of the last thirteen meetings in all competitions have produced at least three goals.
Barcelona are clearly better and more together than Real Madrid are at the moment. The fluency of the home side, plus a bit of an emotional day as it will be the last El Clasico for Andres Iniesta, is likely to inspire Barca to get the win. They have that unbeaten form to defend so are going to be more fired up and fresher too.
3rd May 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Barcelona can collect the league title this weekend. They were out last weekend thumping Sevilla in the final of the Copa del Rey and now it’s back to league duty for them. Deportivo are looking as if they are going to be suffering relegation this season and this game could be a thankless task for them.
Barcelona 1/3, Draw 4/1, Deportivo La Coruña 15/2* (betting odds taken on April 24th, 2018 at 3:48 a.m.)
Deportivo are floundering in the drop zone still but have shown a bit of fight lately having put together a four-match undefeated streak of form (W2 D2). They have lost just one of their last six now and their home form has seen them avoid defeat in their last five (W1 D4). Overall their home record is just W4 D6 L7 for the season and they have scored 18 goals in their 17 home games. They have picked up a clean sheet in just 24% of their home games and they are naturally going to come under some pressure in this one. They have scored just the seven opening goals all season and so they are likely to fall behind in this one. They go into the game nine points away from safety with just the twelve to play for. They aren’t likely to get anything out of this one and so they could be relegated this weekend. In the bet365 correct score market a Barcelona 2-0 is at 7/1 odds* (betting odds taken on April 24th, 2018 at 3:48 a.m.).
Barcelona could get their hands on the league title this weekend in contrast. They skipped league action last weekend to go out and with the Copa del Rey against Sevilla in emphatic style. Back in La Liga Barcelona are still on course to close out the season undefeated and they hold a W11 D6 L0 record away from home in the top flight. Barcelona are 6/4 at bet365 to win to nil* (betting odds taken on April 24th, 2018 at 3:48 a.m.) and that’s a decent enough option against a side in the relegation zone. Their next game is against Real Madrid and the Catalans would probably like to try and get the title wrapped up before then. Barcelona have averaged 2.2 goals per away game this season and they have taken a clean sheet in 53% of their away games, conceding just 11 goals in total. Luis Suarez is their top scorer away from home this season with thirteen goals.
Barcelona were big 4-0 winners at home against Deportivo earlier this season. They did, however, lose on the road to them last season 2-1. That is Barcelona’s only defeat in their last fifteen games against Deportivo in all competitions (W10 D4 L1). Barcelona have won five of their last six trips to Deportivo, scoring at least three goals in each of those wins.
Barcelona are good enough to go and collect the win in this one and with the finish line in sight they are probably going to try and get over the finish line. Deportivo are no particular threat and don’t have the defence to stand up to Barca. A Barcelona 2-0 correct score looks around the right mark.
27th April 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Barcelona have a chance to put some more silverware in the trophy cabinet as they take on Sevilla for the Copa del Rey title this season. Not too surprisingly the Catalans are overwhelming odds-on favourites to get the victory in the match. This is a repeat of the 2015/16 Final actually which Barcelona won 2-0 after extra time. Can Sevilla, who have been slumping with their form, cause an upset?
Barcelona 4/9, Draw 7/2, Sevilla 11/2* (Betting Odds taken at 6:17 p.m. on April 16th, 2018)
With their top five finish challenge in La Liga having fallen away, Sevilla could give themselves a bit of cheer by causing an upset at the Metropolitano on the weekend. They have already pulled off one upset as they took out Atletico Madrid 5-2 on aggregate in the quarter finals. After easing their way past Leganes in the semi finals Sevilla finds themselves in the same position as they were two seasons ago, in the final being played at the home of Atletico Madrid, taking on Barcelona. They lost that final two years ago, 2-0 after extra time. Sevilla have won the Copa del Rey five times before, most recently in 2010 and have finished runners-up on three other occasions. They have struggled for winning form lately though and their results started falling away in mid-March after knocking Manchester United out of the Champions League.
They pose a good threat going forward but continue to look a little shaky at the back. Both teams to score at bet365 is at 7/10 odds* (betting odds taken on April 17th, 2018 at 4:25 p.m.). That has happened in this season’s previous two meetings and in three of the last four clashes. It has been a while since Sevilla tasted success against Barcelona though but expect them to be competitive here. Joaquin Correa has five Copa del Rey goals for them this season, making him the second-top scorer in the competition so far this season. Barcelona will be hoping that their star forwards bring their A-game with Lionel Messi looking a little jaded recently (although he was just back from injury) as the Catalans crashed out of the Champions League at the hands of Roma. Luis Suarez continues to tick along in good form for the reigning champions who have won the Copa del Rey a record 29 times, with ten runners-up places on top.
They performed really well in a stiff test against Valencia in the semi-finals and that after a little bit of a scare against neighbours Espanyol in the quarter finals, Barcelona losing the first leg away from home before turning it around back at the Nou Camp to take a 2-1 aggregate win. A victory here would likely form part of a domestic double for Barca this season and really that second leg disaster against Roma in the Champions League aside, they have been pretty formidable this season. It’s natural that at this end of the season performance levels are going to drop off, but before that loss against Roma, Barcelona had scored at least two goals in each of their six previous games, collecting a clean sheet in three of them. Over 2.5 goals for the final is at 8/15 odds* (betting odds taken on April 17th, 2018 at 4:25 p.m.) and five of the last six Copa del Rey Finals have gone above the goal line. Will Barcelona make if four titles on the bounce?
Barcelona and Sevilla have met twice already this season. Barcelona took a 2-1 home win at the Nou Camp against Sevilla earlier this season and they met in the reverse fixture just back at the end of March and a 2-2 draw was played out. All but two of the last sixteen fixtures between them have gone over 2.5 goals. Their most recent Copa del Rey meeting was in the 2016 final with Barca winning 2-0 after extra time. Barcelona are 6-4 up with two drawn matches in previous cup competitions.
You would still have to side with Barcelona coming through this test. They have full focus on domestic success now after tumbling from the Champions League and that will just make them more dangerous. It is worth backing Sevilla to get on the scoresheet so Barcelona to win & both teams to score looks good.
18th April 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Barcelona set a new record for the longest unbeaten streak of form in La Liga by making it 39 games without a loss. Thirty-two of them have been this season. They haven’t wrapped up the league title though as they start in midweek eleven points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid with 18 to play for. Celta Vigo are hovering around in mid-table and suffered a loss on the road at Leganes on the weekend.
Barcelona 7/10, Draw 14/5, Celta Vigo 15/4* (Betting Odds taken at 7:01 p.m. on April 15th, 2018)
Celta Vigo are just having a mixed time of things at the moment with a W2 D2 L2 record in their last six games. Over the weekend they took a 1-0 loss away at Leganes leaving them with just the one win in their last five league outings. At home this season they are W7 D5 L3 and do have a bit of form going. They are unbeaten in seven home league games, winning three of their last four and their last one was a bit success against Sevilla. They have only lost two of their seven games at home against sides in the top half of the table currently. They have averaged 1.7 goals per home game which is a steady return while they have conceded at just over a goal per game at home. They have taken back to back clean sheets at home and under 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 7/5 odds* (betting odds taken on April 16th, 2018 at 3:23 p.m.). Three of their last four league games have ended under the goal line.
Barcelona are marching towards the league title and came through a stiff test at home last weekend as they beat Valencia 2-1. They are W11 D5 this season out on the road but only played out a 2-2 draw in their last away game which was at Sevilla. They have actually alternated between a draw and a win in their last six away fixtures. If the sequence carries on, they are due for a win. Barcelona have failed to take a clean sheet in their last three league games, but have two in their last four away from home. In the bet365 correct score market, a 1-1 at 13/2 odds* (betting odds taken on April 16th, 2018 at 3:23 p.m.) is the shortest-priced option available with a 2-1 win for Barca at 15/2* (betting odds taken on April 16th, 2018 at 3:23 p.m.). Barcelona have averaged 2.25 goals per away game and they have scored in all sixteen of their road games this season and at least two in their last five league games (home and away). They have done tremendously well at the back conceding just 0.56 goals per away game on average.
This will be the fourth meeting between them this season as they were paired up in the Copa del Rey. From those meetings, Barcelona have taken one win and two draws, one of those draws a 1-1 at Celta Vigo. Barcelona lost his corresponding fixture last season and have lost their last two league away visits to Celta. In the last five La Liga meetings, Barcelona are W2 D1 L2 against Celta Vigo.
Barcelona can grab another three points in this one to edge them closer to the finish line. They have no Champions League action to focus on, so can just throw everything and completing the domestic league title. Away win and to nil as well.
16th April 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Barcelona are closing in on the league title now after taking another win last weekend. This is actually a tougher game for them as they take on third-placed Valencia at the Nou Camp. Valencia are absolutely steaming along at the moment on a five-match winning streak. Could they be the first to beat the Catalans in La Liga this season?
Barcelona 2/7, Draw 5/1, Valencia 15/2* (Betting Odds taken at 04:08 a.m. on April 10th, 2018)
Barcelona eased to a 3-1 home win over Leganes last weekend to edge closer to the league title. That extended their unbeaten form for the season and they moved on to a four-match winning streak at home to boot. Barcelona’s form at the Nou Camp this season is W13 D2 L0. Not too shabby then. Barcelona have also been leading at half time in eleven of their fifteen home fixtures this season, but they are likely going to have to be a little patient in this one against the in-form Valencia. Under 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 15/8 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:38 p.m. on April 10th, 2018). That’s usually the way in this top clashes and their other two home games against sides currently in the top five this season both ended under the goal line. Barcelona did only manage a draw out at Valencia earlier this season and the 1-1 option in the correct score market is at 11/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:38 p.m. on April 10th, 2018).
Valencia are going very well at the moment with a five-match winning streak behind them and they have won eight of their last nine (L1). So they are well back in form right now and are challenging for second place. Away from home, they have gone W8 D3 L4 and they have gone W3 D1 in their last four road games, keeping a clean sheet in their last two. They do pose a threat going forward as they have averaged 1.7 goals per away game this season and they have netted in each of their last four road games. Each of their last three away games have ended under 2.5 goals so again, this could be tight. But they do look as if they can go and make a game of this and both teams to score at bet365 is at 7/10 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:38 p.m. on April 10th, 2018) and well worth considering. Granted that only two games in their nine-match unbeaten streak have been against sides in the top half of the table, they should be confident enough to challenge for a point.
These two have already met three times this season with Barcelona taking a W2 D1 record from those three meetings. Among that, they took a 1-0 home win over Valencia in the Copa del Rey. Barcelona are unbeaten in their last five games against Valencia in all competitions, winning four of those. Three of those four wins in that sequence have been by a one-goal margin only though.
Valencia’s form is good and Barcelona don’t even have to get into top gear to get themselves the title this season. There may be an opportunity, especially with the Catalans having their confidence rocked with a midweek Champions League exit, for the visitors to pinch a point.
11th April 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Roma v Barcelona UEFA Champions League, 10th April 7.45pm
Barcelona have one foot in the door of the UEFA Champions League semi-final. They will head out to Italy to defend a 4-1 lead gained at the Nou Camp last week. So that has left Roma needing to find something special, a remarkable comeback to try and battle their way through this trial. However, Barcelona have won 38 of 41 previous ties after winning the first leg at home.
Barcelona 8/13, Draw 7/2, Roma 7/2 (Betting Odds taken at 7:03 p.m. on April 8th, 2018)
Roma are going to have a massive job on their hands to try and win by the minimum 3-0 result required. It’s not likely to happen frankly. They have lost their two previous UEFA Champions League quarter-finals and at least they do have an away goal on the board in this one thanks to Edin Dzeko. That’s a four-match losing streak in quarter final matches that they are on in the Champions League at the moment. Their record in two-legged ties against Spanish clubs in W3 L4. But they are going to have throw a lot at this and both teams to score at bet365 is a solid place to start at 4/7 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:03 p.m. on April 8th, 2018). Roma holds a W10 D5 L16 record against Spanish clubs and home soil that reads W6 D2 L7. They are on a four-match winless streak at the Stadio Olimpico against Spanish visitors though. The Italians have taken just the four wins in their last eleven Champions League home games. The biggest margin of deficit that they have ever overturned at home in Europe is two goals. It is a big ask of them in this one and Edin Dzeko is their best route to goal and is 8/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:03 p.m. on April 8th, 2018) at bet365 in the anytime goalscorer market.
Barcelona have plenty of breathing space in the tie now thanks to a late fourth goal at the Nou Camp by Luis Suarez. Their record in two-legged ties against Italian sides is W8 L4 and already they have gotten the better of Italian opposition in the tournament this season, having taken four points off Juventus in the group stage. Barcelona are actually only W1 D3 away from home in the competition this season but they have only shipped the one goal on their travels. Barcelona holds a W6 D10 L6 record against Italian clubs away from home and they are actually winless in their last six visits there (D4 L2). Barcelona have only taken five wins in their last fifteen away games in the UEFA Champions League, a staggeringly low return (D5 L5) from them by their standards. Barcelona have won 38 of the 41 UEFA competition ties in which they won the first leg at home. They extended their unbeaten form in La Liga this season on the weekend but have only won one of their last four away games in all competitions. In the bet365 correct score market the 1-1 draw is at 15/2 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 7:03 p.m. on April 8th, 2018). Barcelona just really need to close out the tie without needing to find top gear.
This is the third time that Barcelona and Roma have been paired up in Europe. The first was in the 2001/02 Champions League second group stage with Roma collecting four points from the two meetings, including a 3-0 home win, which is exactly what they need in this one. Following that they were previously together in the 22015/16 groups stage and there was a 1-1 draw in Italy on that occasion after Barcelona had won 6-1 at home. So Roma are W1 D2 L3 against the Spaniards now.
Roma’s campaign is pretty much done really and so this is going to be about restoring a bit of pride. They are good enough at home to make an impact by getting on the scoresheet, and as Barcelona haven’t done great on the road this season in Europe and are winless for a while in Italy, back the draw.
9th April 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting
Barcelona could only manage a draw at Sevilla in their return from the international break, which means that they are nine points clear at the top with eight games to play. The title is probably going to the Nou Camp. Leganes are sat down in the bottom half of the table and clear of any relegation threat and really don’t have anything to play for.
Barcelona 1/7, Draw 13/2, Leganes 16/1* (Betting Odds taken at 10:39 p.m. on April 2nd, 2018)
This should be a pretty routine step towards the league title for Barcelona on the weekend as they play host to Leganes. The Catalans are still unbeaten for the season after playing out a 2-2 draw at Sevilla last weekend, Barcelona fought back from 2-0 down to earn a 2-2 draw in that one, thanks to two goals in the last two minutes from Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi. You just can’t keep them down. Barcelona are on a three-match winning streak at home in the league at the moment, part of an overall home record of W12 D2 L0 this season that they have recorded. They have scored exactly two goals in each of their last three league games and in the be365 correct score market a Barcelona 2-0 result looks a solid option at 5/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 3:39 p.m. on April 4th, 2018). Barcelona have averaged 2.86 goals per home game this season and in their fourteen home matches have conceded just the six goals. Remarkable stuff and they have earned a clean sheet in 64% of their home games this term. Lionel Messi is the bet365 7/4 odds first goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds taken at 3:39 p.m. on April 2nd, 2018).
Leganes are having mixed fortunes lately with a W2 D1 L3 record in their last six league games and the two successes in that sequence were both at home. Looking just at their away form it is pretty poor. They are on a three-match losing streak away from home, having failed to score in those three defeats and they conceded nine goals in total in them. They are actually on a four-match scoreless streak away from home and have failed to score in seven of their last ten league outings. Barcelona to win to nil at bet365 is a pretty obvious short price of 8/13 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 3:39 p.m. on April 2nd, 2018). Leganes hold a fifteen point cushion between themes and the drop zone so there’s no threat of falling down a tier but they are the third-lowest scoring side in the entire division. Their overall away form is W3 D3 L9 and it’s hard to see how they are going to get anything out of this one. They have scored one goal in their six games against top-four sides this season (D1 L5).
This will be just the fourth game between the two sides, with Barcelona have won the previous three. They took a 3-0 away win against them earlier this season, and that’s ten goals in three games against them that Barcelona have scored, conceding just two. Barcelona edged a 2-1 win over them last season at the Nou Camp.
Back the Catalans to edge their way a little closer to the La Liga title with three points in this one. They are there for the taking against a low-scoring Leganes side. They may have to be patient in breaking their opponents down, still, they should get the win to nil on the board.
5th April 2018 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
This is the most cut and dry looking of the four quarter final matches in the UEFA Champions League this season. Barcelona have been producing such form this season that they should have little trouble opening up a first leg advantage here. Roma struggled to get past Shakhtar Donetsk in the last round and will have their hands full trying to keep the Catalans quiet.
Barcelona 2/9, Draw 19/4, Roma 12/1* (Betting Odds taken at 11:53 p.m. on March 30th, 2018)
Barcelona got past Chelsea in the last round, although it wasn’t the most comfortable of rides for them as the Blues were intent on attacking them and it nearly worked. But it is Barcelona who are back in the final eight of the Champions League again and they are looking to avoid their fourth quarter-final defeat in the last five years. So they have been having their stumbles at this point of the competition recently. They are in the quarter finals actually for the 11 time in a row. They were stopped here last season by an Italian side, Juventus and the Catalans have a W8 L4 record in two-legged ties against Italian sides. They did meet the Turin side in the group stage this season through and took four points off them, winning at home 3-0.
So they have had success over Italian opposition already this season and Lionel Messi is the 9/4 first goalscorer favourite* (Betting Odds taken at 11:53 p.m. on March 30th, 2018). Barcelona’s record at home to Serie A clubs is W15 D6 L2 and they are unbeaten in their last twelve at the Nou Camp against Italian visitors. In the bet365 correct score market a Barcelona 2-0 option is at 6/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 11:53 p.m. on March 30th, 2018). In their last ten games against Italians sides home and away combined, Barcelona are W5 D4 L1. After winning all four home games in this season’s tournament, Barcelona are unbeaten now in 25 Champions League home games (W23 D2). They have won eight of their last ten home knockout matches (D2). Barcelona’s record in European Cup quarter-finals is W14 L5.
Roma had a real tussle on their hands against Shakhtar Donetsk in the last round, but they managed to pull through and get the win in a good open tie. They have gone out in each of their last three Champions League quarter-final appearances now. They don’t have a particularly great record out in Spain where their record is W4 D3 L8. Roma did take a win at Villarreal last season, but that is their only victory against a Spanish side in their last eight attempts home and away (D2 L5). Roma have actually only managed to win just five of their last 23 Champions League matches now (D8 L10) but have won four of their last seven. They aren’t a bad defensive side at all really and under 2.5 goals may be worth a look at 8/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 11:53 p.m. on March 30th, 2018). This is such a tough game for them though. They will need Edin Dzeko at his sharpest. The Giallorossi have been in decent domestic form, but their struggles against Shakhtar really and their overall poor away from in this season’s tournament (W1 D1 L2) is the thing to go by.
The last time these two were together was in the 2015/16 group stage when they played out a 1-1 draw in Italy before Barcelona ran riot and posted a 6-1 victory at the Nou Camp against the Giallorossi. The only other time these two have met was in the 2001/02 Group Stage with a 1-1 draw at the Nou Camp that time before Roma won 3-0 back on home soil.
Barcelona should be comfortable enough in this home fixture. A 2-0 win for them looks to be a reasonable shout as Roma won’t get much of the ball. That would build up a nice first leg advantage ahead of their trip to Italy.
2nd April 2018 / lee - Category: UEFA Champions League Betting