You will have to look hard to find any outsiders as unfancied as 30/1 shots Real Zaragoza this weekend.
A cursory glance at the league table and form book highlights the scale of the challenge facing the other Real at Camp Nou – no wins in five league matches and no victory away from home yet this season.
The Spanish press appear to be so convinced of a foregone conclusion this Saturday that they have barely mentioned the clash at all yet.
Writers have preferred to focus instead on Barca’s draw against Al Sadd or Esperance in the forthcoming World Club Championships and the sticky matter of whether Eric Abidal will pen another contract with the European Champions.
One aspect of the visit of Zaragoza that has been heavily speculated on is whether Pep Guardiola will rest Leo Messi’s little legs.
The striker has been jetting around South America and suffered a bruising 90 minutes in the steamy environs of Colombia’s Caribbean Coast on Tuesday.
Messi’s possible absence would leave Barcelona without their main goalscoring threat this season and raises the idea of betting on less than 3.5 goals to be scored by both sides at 21/20, despite Barcelona scoring 4.3 goals per home match this season.
Zargoza’s goalscoring record is better than their 16th place in the table would suggest (12 goals in 11 matches) as Helder Postiga and Luis Garcia have formed an effective new striking partnership.
They are unlikely to become the first side to fire a goal past Victor Valdes at the Camp Nou this season though, making odds of 11/25 for Barca’s sixth Primera Division clean sheet in a row tough to resist.
The experienced Zaragoza attacking duo will likely need to conjure up all their guile to tie Barcelona to a draw at 21/2. Betting on a surefire home win will only rake in a pittance at 1/20.
Should Messi indeed be rested the first goalscorer’s market would be blown wide open. Pedro could deputise and is priced nicely at 7/2.
Although with Messi being the only Barca striker to score more than three goals in the league this season, a bet on Xavi, who has netted four times, could be a promising little earner at 9/1.
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