Barcelona v Apoel Nicosia is a tough start to Champions League Group F for the Cypriot minnows but they will be determined and resolute opposition for the Catalan giants. Read our full preview for the match lowdown, with our top betting tips, odds and predictions.

Nicosia are really up against it if they are to avoid elimination from the Champions League and only the staunchest of their fans will be predicting they get anything from this opening clash. With further games against Ajax and PSG to come, in reality if they can finish third in the group they will have done well.

If you fancy an upset here you can back the underdogs at odds of 50/1. Yes, 50/1! Barcelona are priced as low as 1/33 in places but are 1/14 at Betfair’s Exchange and the draw is on offer at 16/1.

It quite simply has to be a home win but odds of just 1/14 are too short for most people so our tip here is to play some small stakes on the correct score markets. Our predictions would focus on Barcelona winning by three or four goals, with 4-0 available at 6/1 with Paddy Power.

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