barcelona betting tips and odds

It’s fair to say Barcelona are in a period of transition. The huge success of recent years has given way to much uncertainty and, having lost talisman Leo Messi, they now face the mammoth task of rebuilding a broken dynasty.

After a disappointing spell with Ronald Koeman at the helm, the task of reigniting this magnificent football club falls to Barça legend Xavi Hernandez. Xavi’s homecoming has instilled a renewed optimism among the Blaugrana supporters. However, with huge debts, a lack of funds available and an astronomic wage bill to address, a return to their title-winning best may take longer than many expect. 

Barcelona FC: Tactics, Principles

Xavi’s return as head coach of FC Barcelona is a part of the club’s desire to recapture its DNA and the performances from the glory years. As one of the main men behind Barça’s ‘tiki-taka’ style of play in their heyday, along with Andres Iniesta and Leo Mess, Xavi knows what it takes to create a team who can dominate games with a short passing, possession-based approach.

Xavi’s Barcelona make the pitch as wide as possible, to utilise the space in between players. Attacking full backs are key to this approach, with Jordi Alba’s ability to get up and down the line especially important. As ever, Sergio Busquets acts as the anchor in midfield, allowing other players to push forward and attack, while Frenkie De Jong and young star Pedri knit the play together.

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Pacy wide forwards are also very important in Xavi’s tactical plan, with a big expectation to score lots of goals. As a left sided forward, wonderkid Ansu Fati will be key over the coming seasons.

Barcelona FC: La Liga PREDICTIONS & What to Expect

Barcelona last won La Liga in the 2018/2019 season. Since then, Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid have taken top honours and, in truth, a return to title winning form looks a long way off for Barça.

Although they have lots of supremely talented youngsters in the team – the likes of Ansu Fati, Gavi and Pedri to name but a few – Barcelona have too many inconsistent players at the moment to really challenge for the title. Whether or not Xavi can get the best out of his current squad, or sign players that can make Barcelona genuine title contenders again remains to be seen. Barcelona are currently 40/1 at Bet365 to win La Liga this season. (Click here to read our latest tips for la liga).

Barcelona FC: UEFA Europa League PREDICTIONS & What to Expect

If winning La Liga seems like an outside bet for Barcelona, then winning the Champions League was always going to be a huge outside bet. Now, having been eliminated, they go into the knockout stages of the Europa League, where they’ll be hoping to go all the way.

Anything is possible in a cup competition and Xavi will be hoping his team hits the stride during the business end of the season. If they do, there’s definitely a chance this Barça team can spring a surprise or two. They might not have enough resilience to lift the trophy, but going far in the Europa League will do wonders for the confidence of this young team. (Click here Read our latest Europa League Betting tips, odds, and predictions).

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Barcelona are currently 8/1 at Bet365 to win the Europa League this season.

Barcelona FC: Copa del Rey PREDICTIONS & What to Expect

Having won the Copa del Rey last season with a thumping 4-0 win over Athletic Bilbao, Barcelona failed to retain the trophy this year. They suffered a defeat to Athletic Bilbao in this year’s quarter final, the Basque club avenging their defeat in the previous season’s final.

Check Bet365 for odds on this season’s Copa del Rey.

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