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Barcelona v Juventus: Back Barca to edge high-scoring second leg

| 18.04.2017

Barcelona will need another mammoth victory to secure progression to the Semi-Finals of the Champions League, with Juventus 3-0 up from the first leg.

But while we’d be very surprised if a four-goal swing is on the cards, the signs suggest we’ll see the hosts win – albeit narrowly.

Luis Enrique’s charges have won 13 of their last 14 games at the Nou Camp, including that 6-1 UCL mauling of Paris Saint-Germain, and a 3-0 demolition of high-flying Sevilla.

However, they’ve been less impressive at the back. Having high scored in a number of those matches, they’ve also conceded on eight occasions.

That record is unlikely to improve against a Juve side who have scored in each of the last 14 games on their travels. So the 6/4 for Barcelona to win and Both Teams to Score looks like a savvy bet.

A with Barcelona 1/2 to simply win – with Juve 9/2 and the draw priced up at 7/2 – we reckon the best value lies outside of the match betting. And more specifically, in plenty of goals.

Barca’s last 10 games have produced a combined 46 goals, while Juve’s last five have also delivered an entertaining 15.

With that in mind, the Evens on offer for Over 3.5 Goals here looks like a smart selection, with 12/5 for us to see Over 4.5. And a staggering 16 of Blaugrana’s games this season have produced five or more strikes, including last weekend’s outing against Real Sociedad (a 3-2 win).

In the player markets, we reckon the 10/1 for Gonzalo Higuain to score twice or more looks like well worth a flutter, with the Argentine hitman having grabbed a brace in three of his last four outings.

Meanwhile, for Barca, we like the look of forward Paco Alcacer, with the 23-year-old already netting against Granada and Sociedad this month, and there’s 11/8 on offer for him to net anytime here.

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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing



Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.