FC Barcelona vs Slavia Praha UEFA Champions League Betting Tips & Odds
|Betting Odds & Stats|
|FC Barcelona||Lines||Slavia Praha|
|-500 (100)||Spread||+1500 (-120)|
|Over 3.5 (115)||Total||Under 3.5 (-145)|
|FC Barcelona||Concensus||Slavia Praha|
|Over 0%||Total||Under 0%|
|FC Barcelona||Score and stat||Slavia Praha|
Reason for FC Barcelona vs Slavia Praha
|FC Barcelona -500|
Unbeaten at home in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) since September 2013 (W30, D3), Barcelona are big favourites to make it three wins in a row in Group F after recording a pair of 2-1 victories in the last two rounds with each featuring the opener netted within the first five minutes.
The hosts are the heavy favourites to take all three points here, as Slavia come into this game bottom of the group with a single point to their name so far.However, the worry for the hosts is the impact of juggling multiple competitions, as they are just a point clear at the top of the table domestically.
They face a tough run-in, with Inter Milan and Borussia Dortmund still to come in this group, so a victory for the Catalans is vital here.Barcelona showed in Prague they can be vulnerable on the road in Europe, they will expect much better here. The bookies have naturally priced them up as clear favourites this week.
However, they did lose 3-1 to Levante at the weekend, making it three consecutive games where both teams scored, and six with over 2.5 goals (W5, L1). The opener was scored before half-time in all six of those games, and by the 15th minute in four.
Samuel Umtiti is Barcelona's only other injury concern heading into Tuesday's match with Slavia Prague. Ousmane Dembele was controversially left out of the Barcelona squad at the weekend and the Frenchman will hope to come back into the frame here. Ansu Fati is also an option, however.
Key Player: Luis Suárez’s (BAR) two UCL goals were netted after half-time – as were six of his eight competitive strikes this season.
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|Slavia Praha +1500|
Slavia Prague travel here unbeaten on the road within 90 minutes this season (W7, D4), with all but one of their away victories coming ‘to nil’. Yet the Czech champions have never won a UCL group stage away game (D2, L2), although notably they did score in three of those previous four fixtures, but both defeats saw them concede at least four goals and ship the opener by the tenth minute.
Slavia nearly produced a major upset in their 2-1 home defeat to the Spanish champions, but they aren’t likely to get that close in this trip. The visitors’ recent Champions League trips have brought defeats to BATE, APOEL and Dynamo Kyiv, who have each scored twice in those wins. That suggests this will be a comfortable victory for Barcelona on Tuesday.
However, the Czech top-flight’s best away side this season are yet to lose an away league game after netting 2.0 goals on average per road trip, whist conceding just 0.25 on average. In fact, Slavia haven’t conceded more than two goals in any of their last 15 UCL games (qualification included).
Slavia Prague offered Barcelona a close contest in the reverse fixture and may go with the same team here. However, David Hovorka is injured and will need replacing at centre-back. Michal Frydrych is a candidate to start n Barcelona. Petr Sevcik will incur a one-match ban with his next yellow card in the competition. The same is also true of Hovorka, but he is injured.
Key Player: Tomáš Sou?ek has been Slavia’s first goalscorer in five of the six games he’s found the net this season.
|The Pick: FC Barcelona -500, Under 3.5|