Barcelona and Internacional get the four-team Audi Cup underway today at the Allianz Arena in Munich.
The two sides are competing for a place in the final of the warm-up tournament, which also includes Bayern Munich and AC Milan.
Bayern and Milan will take to the field shortly after the conclusion of the Barca-Internacional match, with the winners of the two games meeting in a final on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the two semi-final losers will compete in a third-place play-off to ensure all sides play two matches.
The 2011 Champions League winners start as 19/50 favourites against the 2010 winners of the Copa Libertadores, with a win for Internacional priced at 23/4 and a draw available at 16/5 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
Given recent history, this makes the Brazilian side attractive outside bets to make it through to the Audi Cup final.
Barcelona and Internacional last met in the final of the Club World Cup in 2006 and, despite most pundits predicting a win for the Catalan giants, it was Internacional who claimed the trophy with a 1-0 victory.
Pep Guardiola’s men also came up against South American opposition in the final of the 2009 Club World Cup.
Playing against 2009 Copa Libertadores winners Estudiantes, Barca came out on top but only after Pedro scored an 89th-minute equalizer to take the match into extra time, allowing Lionel Messi to bag the winner.
Given the way in which Barcelona have struggled in these matches, odds of 23/4 on an Internacional win could offer good value.
A punt on Internacional to win the game in normal time at odds of 4/1, with the stake returned if the match ends in a draw after 90 minutes, could also reap dividends.
A successful £25 free bet on this 2Way special from bwin, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, would return £125.
Internacional’s chances are also boosted by the fact that Barcelona will be without star player Messi, who is recovering after his exertions in the Copa America.
For those who think this will not be enough to derail Barcelona, then a safer option could be found in the handicap market where Internacional are priced at 9/5 to win given a 1-0 headstart.
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