Match Betting (1x2)

Barcelona and Borussia Dortmund are currently sitting pretty in Champions League Group F, with the teams having eight points and seven points respectively, although they are certainly not home and hosed as far as a last sixteen place is concerned.

Barca have made heavy weather of their matches thus far and there have actually been two goalless draws along the way, with the Spanish champions having played out a 0-0 in Dortmund before inexplicably having the same scoreline in a clash against Slavia Prague.

There was a win in the Czech Republic along with a comeback win over Internazionale although this doesn’t look like a team who are currently going to win the European Cup despite Lionel Messi still performing at the peak of his relative powers.

As you might expect, the Catalan side are 4/6 with Unibet to win this encounter and this could well cop against a team who were recently battered away to Bayern Munich, although punters will be wary of betting on that price considering the campaign so far.

Dortmund are an unpredictable team and they gave themselves an enormous boost when rallying from two goals down at home to Inter Milan to win 3-2 in the second half.

That could end up being the seismic result of the group, with the team now as big as 19/5 to get the win at the Nou Camp and they’re not no-hopers considering they can cause problems for a team who aren’t quite clicking.

The draw would suit both teams considering they would move to nine and eight points, while a win for Inter away to Prague would put them on seven going into the last round of matches.

Asian Handicap

As mentioned, Barcelona’s goal difference is only +2 so far and you could have successfully opposed them on the Asian Handicap in every group match so far.

Therefore, if you expect the trend to continue, then you can get Borussia Dortmund +1 at odds of 16/19 and that would mean a profit if the game ended up as a draw, while a one-goal win for the home side would mean money back.

Alternatively, you can choose to be a little braver and get 13/10 about Dortmund with a +0.5 goal handicap, with the German team simply needing to avoid defeat in order to make a profit.

However, the visitors did demonstrate a weak underbelly when losing 4-0 to a manager-less Bayern Munich and perhaps this is the game where Barcelona will score a few goals.

Some might like the 18/5 about Barcelona off a -2 goal handicap which means that you would get money back if the home side win by two goals but actually land a profit if there was a three-goal margin of victory or better.

First Goalscorer

Lionel Messi always heads any First Goalscorer list when Barcelona are playing although the plain fact is that the multiple world player of the year award winner has only scored one Champions League goal this term.

Perhaps things will change for the Argentine in this clash and it’s always hard to bet against him, although it was Luis Suarez who scored a brace against Inter to swing the game in favour of the Catalan side.

As for Dortmund, their goalscoring in Europe so far has been all about one player and Achraf Hakimi looks like a 21-year-old superstar, with the Moroccan available at a big price to add to his tally of three goals during the group stage.

Both Teams to Score

While the reverse fixture ended in a goalless draw, we’re not expecting the same thing to happen at the Nou Camp and that’s a view reflected by the bookmakers who offer 4/7 about the “Yes” option on the Both Teams to Score betting market.

Strangely this has only happened in one of Dortmund’s four games played to date and therefore the “No” option could offer some value at 13/8.


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