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Barcelona v Alavés Betting Tips: Catalan side to come alive after the break
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Barcelona v Alavés Betting Tips: Catalan side to come alive after the break

On Saturday night, Barcelona have the chance to ensure that they don’t walk away from the 16/17 campaign empty handed as they face an Alavés side who’re looking to pick up their first major trophy in the Copa del Rey final. Having lost their La Liga title to bitter rivals Real Madrid last weekend, as well as failing to make even the last four in the Champions League, it’s been a fruitless season for Barcelona up until this point, but if they’re capable of picking up the Copa del Rey here, then Luis Enrique’s final season in charge will probably be…

Las Palmas v Barcelona Betting Tips: Visitors to run riot in Gran Canaria
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Las Palmas v Barcelona Betting Tips: Visitors to run riot in Gran Canaria

Ever since slumping to defeat against a wily Juventus side in the Champions League, Barcelona have turned things around and have now won four on the bounce. A dramatic late winner away at arch-rivals Real Madrid has seemingly given the Catalan side renewed belief and they’ve been battering teams ever since that victory. With Barcelona looking rejuvenated in recent weeks, especially from an attacking point of view, you really do have to fear for a Las Palmas side who’ve been terrible at the back this season. The bet that stands out is ‘Barcelona to Win -2 Handicap’. The 3/4 available…

Juventus v Barcelona Betting Tips: Lack of goals expected in Turin
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Juventus v Barcelona Betting Tips: Lack of goals expected in Turin

Unlike Tuesday’s other Champions League match, this meeting between two giants of the European game could be quite cagey. Juventus are unsurprisingly top of Serie A and managed to recover from a pretty nightmarish two matches against Napoli in the league and the cup, in which they failed to win, to record a routine 2-0 victory over Chievo at the weekend. Juve have always prided themselves on being a solid defensive unit and it is no surprise that they have the best Goals Against record in Italy with just 20 goals conceded in 31 games. Additionally, they have more clean…

Barcelona v PSG Betting Tips: Hosts to up their game after first-leg
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Barcelona v PSG Betting Tips: Hosts to up their game after first-leg

With Paris Saint-Germain already 4-0 up after their amazing victory in the first leg, this match is almost a formality. However, if any team can come back from this, it is Barcelona. Many pundits had said that they had seen this shock result coming prior to Barca’s match in Paris and, a couple of weeks later, it was announced that manager Luis Enrique will step down at the end of the season. However, Barcelona have gone back to normal after that defeat with four consecutive wins and they’ve now returned to the top of La Liga. The Catalan side, as…

Barcelona v Leganés Betting Tips: Enrique’s men to bounce back at Camp Nou
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Barcelona v Leganés Betting Tips: Enrique’s men to bounce back at Camp Nou

Having been handed a real beating in the Champions League during mid-week, the pressure will be on Barcelona to perform in La Liga on Sunday night. Fortunately for the hosts, they face a Leganés side who’ve been sucked back into the relegation scrap after performing very poorly of late. Enrique’s men are essentially out of the Champions League now but they’re fancied to record a convincing victory here in order to remain in the domestic title race. The bet that appeals most ahead of this one is ‘Barcelona to Score Over 3.5 Goals’ at odds of 13/10. That abysmal showing in…

PSG v Barcelona Betting Tips: Goals expected at Parc des Princes
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PSG v Barcelona Betting Tips: Goals expected at Parc des Princes

The new year means the return of the Champions League and we can finally get into the thick of the competition in these knockout rounds. One of Tuesday’s matches is arguably the most mouth-watering of all the Champions League fixtures in the next few weeks as Paris Saint-Germain host Barcelona at the Parc des Princes. PSG are in fantastic form at the moment having won their last four Ligue 1 matches, however, they are still three points off top of the table Monaco. Having said that, if PSG carry on this form, then there’s every chance that they’ll retain their…

Alavés v Barcelona Betting Tips: Visitors to eventually show their superiority
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Alavés v Barcelona Betting Tips: Visitors to eventually show their superiority

Alavés and Barcelona meet on Saturday for a match that will act as an early dress rehearsal for the Copa del Rey final after both of these two came through their semi-final ties during the week. Having been languishing down in the second tier of Spanish football for some time, it’s quite remarkable how well Alavés have coped in La Liga this season and they’ve been duly rewarded with a cup final. However, there’s plenty of work to do before then and it’s back down to it on Saturday afternoon as they attempt to thwart some of the best players on…

Barcelona v Atlético Madrid Betting Tips: Camp Nou to be treated to goals
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Barcelona v Atlético Madrid Betting Tips: Camp Nou to be treated to goals

Having lost by two goals to one in the first leg just last week, Atlético Madrid travel to Camp Nou on Tuesday night as they attempt to overturn the deficit and advance to the Copa del Rey final. Despite leading by a margin of just one, considering they’ve got two away-goals in the bag, Barcelona are in a fantastic position at the half-way point in this tie. The Catalan side know that they can threaten anyone on their own patch and, with that first-leg lead, already have one foot firmly in the final. From a betting point of view, with…

Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao Betting Tips: Camp Nou set for goal-filled encounter
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Barcelona v Athletic Bilbao Betting Tips: Camp Nou set for goal-filled encounter

Barcelona welcome their conquerors from last Thursday to Camp Nou on Wednesday night as they attempt to overturn a one goal deficit in this Copa del Rey last-16 second leg against Athletic Bilbao. Try as they did – having been stunned by two first half Bilbao goals – Luis Enrique’s men were unable to restore parity in the first leg, although it has to be that this was probably more to do with a combination of refereeing decisions going against them and just poor luck rather than any failure to create scoring opportunities. One thing that is becoming more and…

Real Sociedad v Barcelona Betting Tips
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Real Sociedad v Barcelona Betting Tips

Barcelona travel to take on Real Sociedad at the Anoeta on Sunday evening and the visitors will be hoping that their fortunes in this fixture improve. A fixture against Barcelona, whether it be home or away, is usually one that teams fear; however, in recent times, Sociedad have thrived against the Catalan giants at the Anoeta and are now unbeaten against them on home soil since 2007. On top of this, the hosts come into this fixture in good form and will certainly fancy their chances of once again upsetting Luis Enrique’s men. Even though this is somewhat of a…

Celtic v Barcelona Betting Tips
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Celtic v Barcelona Betting Tips

Celtic v Barcelona has become somewhat of a cult European classic over the last few years with some feisty and famous matches contested between the two. Barcelona currently top Group C and can almost guarantee top spot with a victory at Celtic Park whilst Celtic are bottom and are looking to fight for the Europa League place with Borussia Monchengladbach. Of course the previous meeting between these two sides finished in a 7-0 thrashing by Barcelona but this match should be a bit closer. Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers was furious with the way his side wilted in that 7-0 defeat…

Manchester City v Barcelona Betting Tips
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Manchester City v Barcelona Betting Tips

The much anticipated second group game between these two is almost upon us and fans/punters should be in for an exciting watch. Many people will probably expect a bit more from the hosts and will also feel that things won’t go so wrong this time around. In truth, they probably won’t and the home team are expected to acquit themselves better; however, from a betting point of view, it’s definitely worth siding with Barcelona, at least in some capacity. At odds of 10/11, ‘Barcelona to Score Over 1.5 Goals’ , is simply too good to miss. It’s rare to get such…

FC Barcelona v Manchester City Betting Tips
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FC Barcelona v Manchester City Betting Tips

In amongst the inevitable media stories about Pep Guardiola, there should actually be quite a good football match on Wednesday night with Guardiola’s Manchester City side facing his former team Barcelona. Under Pep Guardiola, Barcelona became arguably the greatest club side in footballing history as they clinched a number of trophies, both domestic and continental. Current boss Luis Enrique has overseen a transition in Cataluña with his side being a lot more direct with their South American front three of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar as opposed to the tika-taka football employed by Guardiola. Unsurprisingly, the 2015/16 La Liga…

Barcelona v Celtic Betting Tips
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Barcelona v Celtic Betting Tips

Barcelona at home against very inferior opposition is usually a guaranteed win for the Catalans. Having said that, Celtic have had some great nights against Barcelona in recent years and should not be taken lightly here. Luis Enrique’s side are the favourites for the competition for a very good reason with their incredible squad and you would think they will at least make the final this year. However, Barca stumbled to a defeat at home to newly-promoted Alaves, proving they are not completely invincible, although it must be said that they rested a number of players and were most likely…

Barcelona – Sevilla. Tancredi Palmeri’s prediction
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Barcelona – Sevilla. Tancredi Palmeri’s prediction

Poor Sevilla. They don’t know what is worst, if to face a Barcelona whose confidence is exploding, or if they have to do it only 96 hours after giving it all in the Europa League final. Weirdly enough, beating Liverpool in Europe seemed a more possible task than beating Barça in domestic cup. Too little time to recover from stress and party. And mind: since Barcelona faced the concrete possibility of losing the league, they just won 5 games on 5 and scoring 24 goals and conceding none. Just too low odds on Barça winning, but combined with Not Both…

Barcelona v Sevilla. Valeri Karpin’s prediction
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Barcelona v Sevilla. Valeri Karpin’s prediction

Sevilla played in the final of the Europa League on Wednesday, won there, but some time was spent on the celebration, on the flight. Therefore, the team had very little time to recover before the Spanish Cup final. Barcelona have had plenty of time to prepare for the game after winning the league title last weekend. Moreover, they are just a better team. Therefore, I will not be original, assuming that the team of Luis Enrique will win this game. But Sevilla have some good players in the attack, like Gameiro, Vitolo, etc. The stats say Sevilla often score against…

Barcelona v Sevilla. Alexander Vishnevskiy’s prediction
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Barcelona v Sevilla. Alexander Vishnevskiy’s prediction

The matches between these two have seen lots of goals lately. 5:4 was the score in Tbilisi, when Barcelona won the European Super Cup. As for league games this season, they ended with a 2:1 advantage of a home team. This was the first Unai Emery’s win over Barcelona in 26 games, by the way. In that game Messi was injured and Barcelona failed to oppose Sevilla without him. Now, everyone in Barcelona is safe and sound, even forward Sandro and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo. These two won’t play, though. I think that the exchange of goals is likely this time,…

Barcelona v Sevilla. Gabriele Marcotti’s prediction (VIDEO)
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Barcelona v Sevilla. Gabriele Marcotti’s prediction (VIDEO)

It’s the fourth time Barcelona and Sevilla play against each other this season. Barca have won two and Sevilla one. It’s usually tight, and each previous encounter between these two this season has been decided by a single goal, back to that crazy 5:4 in the European Supercup. The edge is still overwhelmingly with Barcelona. The midweek Europa League final took a lot out of Sevilla and of course Barca can win the double and that matters a lot to both Luis Enrique and the players. The bookmakers obviously see it that way too and the odds on Barca are…

Granada – Barcelona. Konstantin Genich’s prediction
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Granada – Barcelona. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

Today’s win can give Barcelona the title, and, as a rule, such games are never too entertaining. So I don’t expect Barca to do something they so often do which is score a lot. This is a game where both sides know what they want. Barcelona simply want to secure the league trophy, and Granada, well, they really want nothing despite what their president has said and despite what Real Madrid expect from them. Granada have secured their stay in the Spanish top flight, so nothing else really matters. And in reality how much resistance can they offer against the…

Granada – Barcelona. Valeri Karpin’s prediction
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Granada – Barcelona. Valeri Karpin’s prediction

Barcelona will once again be crowned as champions of La Liga in case of today’s victory, and I’m sure they will be. They faced a tough period a while back where they lost three games in a row; however, since this blip they’ve picked themselves up and have been in fine form. Barcelona won their four last games scoring 21 and conceding 0. Going into the final day Barcelona are very much the favourites to lift the title. All in all, it’s fair to say that Granada have zero chances here. The positive thing for Granada is that they are…

Granada – Barcelona. Tancredi Palmeri’s prediction
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Granada – Barcelona. Tancredi Palmeri’s prediction

There shouldn’t be any doubt over Barcelona here: in last five games they’ve scored 21 goals and conceded none. And it’s not a coincidence that this has been the case in the last five. Since they’ve had no other option but to win every game they have eradicated all mistakes. The simple fact is that if Barcelona are focused, there seems to be no way of stopping them. But, there is a variable: the ‘maletinas’, literally the suitcases, which means the process – not forbidden – where big clubs financially reward smaller clubs in order to motivate them in games that…

Granada – Barcelona. Alexander Vishnevskiy’s prediction
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Granada – Barcelona. Alexander Vishnevskiy’s prediction

It’s time for a season defining match for Barcelona, as victory in Granada would guarantee them the title. I was very amused that the Spanish media have been paying great attention to whether or not Granada will have tournament motivation. They said it’s important for Real Madrid that Granada didn’t secure their stay in the league before the Barcelona game. But to me, Granada would have had tiny chances to oppose Barca even if they had motivation. Now that they are safe, having beaten Sevilla last weekend, there is nothing for the hosts to play for. I suppose Real Madrid…

Real Betis – Barcelona. Konstantin Genich’s prediction
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Real Betis – Barcelona. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

This can be a vital game for Barcelona in the title race, because of two reasons: 1. they’ll play after both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid, and 2. both Atletico and Real will have an eye on their mid week Champions League encounters. If Barcelona win in Sevilla against Real Betis, the path to yet another La Liga title will be clear ahead. Next they’ll have to play against Espanyol at Camp Nou and away against Granada. These are the games that Barca should win, and win comfortably. Real Madrid have a much tougher schedule, including games against Real Sociedad…

Real Betis – Barcelona. Valeri Karpin’s prediction
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Real Betis – Barcelona. Valeri Karpin’s prediction

There are no two ways to put it here: Barcelona are the overwhelming favourites and rightly so. The Catalan giants have regained the winning thread, having thumped both Gijon & Deportivo, and are back on track for successive league titles as they sit top of the Primera. Given how they brushed aside their last two opponents it looks as though the visitors will have no difficulties in defeating Real Betis, who are in 13th place with nothing to play for. Of course, everything and anything can happen in a football match, but I really can’t see anything other that a resounding…

Barcelona – Sporting Gijon. Konstantin Genich’s prediction
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Barcelona – Sporting Gijon. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

Barcelona are scheduled to play after both Madrid clubs, so the Catalans will go into this game knowing what is required, as if they didn’t already! Last week it was the same thing: Barca knew that both Real and Atletico Madrid had won, but still Luis Enrique and his men failed to take any points, let alone three, against Valencia. Having bounced back in midweek with an 8-0 demolition of Deportivo, I think that Barcelona will be extremely motivated. All of their players know that losing further points could, and very likely would, cost them the title. They should be winning this…

Deportivo – Barcelona. Konstantin Genich’s prediction
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Deportivo – Barcelona. Konstantin Genich’s prediction

Giving predictions for midweek games is always difficult, teams generally have less time to prepare and form can often be thrown out the window. Nevertheless, it’s only logical to assume that Barcelona’s losing streak will end sooner rather than later. The numerous chances that were missed against Valencia can be scored against Deportivo. I suggest backing Barcelona to win with -2.0 Asian handicap. Luis Enrique’s team need a confidence booster, and a comprehensive win is just what is required to calm things down and normalize the situation in the dressing room. I also suggest picking Barcelona over 2.5 goals, they…

Deportivo – Barcelona. Mark O’Haire’s prediction
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Deportivo – Barcelona. Mark O’Haire’s prediction

Not since 2003 have Barcelona suffered three successive league defeats and the fatigued Blaugrana must now raise themselves for a trip to the Riazor on Wednesday night to get their La Liga title bid back on track. Another slip could have fatal consequences for Luis Enrique’s side who traded at just 1.01 to retain their crown only a few weeks ago. Capital rivals Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid are ready to pounce on any midweek stumble. The Catalans wasted a gallon of chances to see off Valencia at the Camp Nou on Sunday night but conceded for the 11th occasion…

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