Barcelona is on the verge of being eliminated from the Champions League, after suffering a shocking 2-0 defeat away at AC Milan. The visitors travel to Spain poised to defend their two goals advantage, and will try to achieve a similar performance to the one that send Inter Milan to the next stage two years ago.
Match: Barcelona vs AC Milan
Bet: Under 3.5 goals
Odds: Ladbrokes 1.81
The Catalans still enjoy a huge lead in the domestic championship and despite their recent struggles nothing can prevent them from winning the championship this season. On the other hand, March saw them leaving Copa del Rey, brought the disheartening defeats to Real Madrid and things could get worse tonight. It is not the 2-0 deficit that Barcelona has to overturn that is frightening, but the fact that the team is unable to prevent opponents from scoring and their own goals production is way below expectations.
The Italians are trying to capitalize on their opponents’ lack of form by setting up a precise defensive and focusing on scoring goals on counterattacks. They only need one goal at Nou Camp to advance to the next stage and there will be sufficient opportunities to score if Barcelona throws everything upfront. The hosts are well aware of the importance of taking an early lead, but know that any defensive mistakes can cause them an untimely exit from the Champions League. Punters shouldn’t be surprised to see the Spanish team that is very similar to the one fielded in Milan, playing a rather prudent football.
The bookmakers are reluctant to accept the fact that Barcelona might fail once again and the odds reflect their extreme confidence in the hosts. Punters can capitalize on this trend and go against the current, by betting on less than 3.5 goals to be scored at terrific odds of 1.80 with Ladbrokes.