Arsenal are all Barc....but no bite!
Arsenal could only manage a draw against Sunderland at the weekend and they were defeated in the Carling Cup by Birmingham at Wembley. Wenger thinks that the world is against him and like previous years, Arsenal will probably throw it all away in the latter stages every of competition this season.
Barcelona may have been beaten by Hercules at home in September but that was post World Cup and the players were probably not fully fit. Now, they are strolling in the league and a win against Arsenal looks a formality.
Arsenal are in a minor rut and Barcelona should be too strong. Barcelona are 3/10, the draw is 4/1 and the Arsenal victory is 9/1 in ninety minutes. On Saturday, Barcelona only beat Zaragoza by a single goal but their minds will have been on the clash midweek.
They know nothing less than a win is acceptable. They may be champions in waiting in Spain but the Catalans were infuriated about being knocked out by Inter last year. Arsenal should be delighted that Barcelona are without their favoured central defensive partnership, Puyol and Pique for the clash.
They will play on the counter attack and can at least bag a goal, it is 7/10 for both teams to score. In the Carling Cup final Arsenal's weak points were evident. In the summer, Wenger needs to purchase more solid central defenders and a goalkeeper.
Guardiola will know their weaknesses and it was noticeable at the Emirates that Barcelona were willing to accept the one goal loss. Messi and co will want to take Arsenal apart at the Nou Camp and over 3.5 goals is 11/10.
You can get 9/5 for the first goal to be scored in the opening fifteen minutes and Barcelona will go for it from kick-off.
Our Match Winner for the match is fantastic value. We have enhanced the price on Messi (16/1) to score a hat-trick after he put four goals past the Gooners last season.
The 16/1 to score three or more is cracking value and he can run rings around the defence. When you think that most of the Premier League strikers are priced at 20/1 to score three or more goals, his record of 46 goals in 44 games for club and country makes the punt seem real value when looking at Arsenal's defensive woes.
If you fancy Arsenal to do the unthinkable in Spain and grab the win in ninety minutes, you can get 6/1 Arsenal draw no bet. I can only see Arsenal winning by a single goal, if they frustrate the Catalan giants for eighty minutes, maybe they could steal a goal on the break.
If Arsenal manage to score an early goal, you can back Barcelona to come from behind and win at 6/1. They have the players to come from at least a goal down and the patience.