After being held to a 2-2 draw at home to AC Milan in the opening week of Champions League fixtures, Barcelona are priced as 13/100 favourites to overcome BATE Borisov this evening.
The Belarusian side, competing in Europe’s top club competition for only the second time in their history, are unlikely to cause Pep Guardiola’s men any trouble. The odds of 15/1 for a home victory in bwin’s 3Way football betting market demonstrate how tough a task BATE face.
That said, while Barcelona have been prolific at the Nou Camp in La Liga so far, they are yet to find their form away from home.
All three away fixtures have ended in 2-2 draws and punters can get odds of 25/1 for an unlikely repeat. The draw in the 3Way market is available at odds of 32/5 if there are any customers who sense Barcelona slipping up and only gaining a point for the second consecutive European tie.
However, Barcelona’s status as reigning European champions means there is little point in backing anything other than a win for the Catalan giants in the result market.
But with the Barcelona victory priced at such short odds, it is worth looking elsewhere for extra value.
Barcelona can be backed at 11/10 to overturn a two-goal deficit in the handicap market, and after destroying in-form Atletico Madrid 5-0 at the weekend, it is hard to see BATE being able to stop Messi and co running riot.
All three league victories Barca have seen them at least two goals to the good before the break, and with this is mind, Barcelona to leading at half time and full time at odds of 12/25 looks to be a banker.
For punters looking for slightly longer odds, Barcelona to be leading 2-0 at the interval is available at generous odds of 17/5.
New customers receive a free £25 bet for joining bwin and backing Barca to be 2-0 up at the interval would return £110 if successful.
One other bet to consider concerns Messi. Last season’s Champions League top goalscorer recorded his second hat-trick of the season on Saturday and the little Argentinean genius is priced at 8/1 to grab his third at the Dynamo Stadium.
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