Barcelona head into this evening’s Super Cup match against Porto as the overwhelming favourites to add yet another trophy to their growing collection.
The Catalan giants are priced at 7/20 to beat their Portuguese opponents in 90 minutes, with a Porto win available at 15/2 and a draw at 15/4.
However, Europa League holders Porto will go into the match buoyed by the knowledge that their predecessors have a good record of lifting the cup at the expense of the winners of the more illustrious Champions League.
Four times in the last seven years have the holders of the Europa League beaten the reigning Champions League winners.
With this in mind, Porto could yet be worth a punt to clinch the trophy at 9/2.
But in all probability, a Barcelona team boasting the talents of Xavi, Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and David Villa will prove too much for Porto, even if the Portuguese champions went through their entire domestic campaign without tasting defeat last season.
The way in which Barca tore Manchester United apart in the final of the 2011 Champions League was a timely demonstration of how Pep Guardiola’s side are a cut above the rest of the teams in Europe.
Worryingly for their domestic and continental rivals, the additions of Alexis Sanchez and Cesc Fabregas means they are likely to be stronger this season than they were last.
Indeed, they have already reaffirmed their resilience with a hard-fought two-legged victory over fierce rivals Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup this season.
A 2-2 draw at the Bernabeu on 14th August was followed by a 3-2 success at the Nou Camp on 17th August.
For one thing, this suggests Barcelona are in good goalscoring form, and with at least three goals scored in their last four competitive fixtures goals are certainly on the cards at the Stade Louis II in Monaco.
Barcelona are 5/4 to score at least three goals this evening, although Porto are also likely to get on the scoresheet.
The Spanish side have not kept a clean sheet in their last four competitive games, while Porto scored 73 goals in 30 domestic games last season.
As such, odds on Porto to score of 67/100 could prove tempting.
With Barcelona in such potent mood and Porto unlikely to go down without a fight, the best bet might be on Pep Guardiola’s side to win 3-1 at odds of 19/2.
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As for the first goalscorer market, it is difficult to look past Messi at odds of 5/2.
He might have had a disappointing Copa America, but in Barca colours he has scored four goals in his last three competitive games.
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