Barcelona’s 5-0 crushing of BATE Borisov offers a pointer towards the likely fate of Viktoria Plzen when the Czech side visit the Nou Camp on Wednesday.
The reigning European champions ran riot in Belarus on matchday two and are in ominous form on home turf so far this season.
In their four home matches in La Liga this campaign, Barca have recorded four victories, scoring 21 goals without reply.
Although they drew 2-2 with AC Milan at the Nou Camp on matchday one, this can be confidently passed off as a blip given it was followed by an 8-0 thrashing of Osasuna.
With Viktoria Plzen only managing a 1-1 draw with BATE when the two teams met last month, their fixture with Barca looks something of a mismatch.
It is therefore no surprise to see Barca installed as 3/100 favourites to win in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, with a draw at 12/1 and an unlikely away success priced at 40/1.
With Barca also odds-on to win to nil and overturn a two-goal handicap to secure victory, punters looking for longer odds with a good chance of success should consider betting on there to be three of more goals in the first half at odds of 7/4.
Barca have been at least three goals up on the opposition in two of their last three matches at home, while the scoreline was 3-0 at the break when Pep Guardiola’s men took on BATE in their last Champions League fixture.
A successful £25 free bet on there to be more than 2.5 goals in the first half would return £68.75, with the free bet available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.
In the goalscorer market, David Villa has recent experience of scoring against Czech opposition in Spain and can be backed at 5/2 to open the scoring, which offers better returns than the 3/2 offered on goal machine Lionel Messi.
Villa scored both goals when Spain entertained Czech Republic in a Euro 2012 qualifier last March, with the match ending 2-1 to the home team.
Another factor working for Villa is that he is one of only two Barca players – the other being Pedro – to have scored in both of the club’s Champions League fixtures so far this season.
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