Ronald Koeman takes charge of his first Champions League game as Barcelona coach, as the Catalan giants welcome Hungarian minnows Ferencvaros to the Nou Camp on Tuesday night. The odds are heavily stacked in the hosts’s favour, with these Barcelona v Ferencvaros predictions all about extracting some value out of the home team.
Where and when: Nou Camp – 20 October, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Barcelona vs. Ferencvaros: BT Sport
Last time: This will be the first time these teams meet each other, so history will be made this week however the match pans out.
Barcelona v Ferencvaros Predictions and Preview
They may have won the Hungarian title 31 times and finished as runners-up on another 36 occasions, but the best Ferencvaros have ever managed in a major European competition is reaching the final of the 1975 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup. The visitors could be in for a very long night at the Nou Camp against five-time Champions League winners Barcelona.
The Blaugrana may have endured a dismal summer, but their players are reported to have been won over by Ronald Koeman and his methods, including his new 4-2-3-1 formation, designed to utilise the best his forwards can offer. That, of course, includes captain Lionel Messi, who appears to have put his summer of discontent behind him for now.
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Barcelona to win and BTTS
Barcelona to win 3-0
Ferencvaros to score
Barca dropped points for the first time this season when they drew 1-1 with Sevilla in their last home game, but Ferencvaros aren’t in the same league as the recent Europa League winners. The Green Eagles are unbeaten this season, having come through Champions League qualifiers against Djurgarden, Celtic, Dinamo Zagreb and Molde, but Barcelona are on a different level.
The hosts are the overwhelming favourites for the win, best priced at 1/12 in the outright market. Ferencvaros are out at an astonishing 40/1, with the draw available at 14/1. We’re after some value on Barcelona though, with a home win to nil getting a little closer to even money at 4/7. Predicting the correct score is one of the best ways to get decent odds on Barca this week, with the bookmakers backing a 3-0 home win most heavily at 11/2.
One to watch for Barcelona: All eyes will be on Lionel Messi and how he performs on Barca’s first Champions League outing since their 8-2 demolition at the hands of Bayern Munich just a couple of months ago.
One to watch for Ferencvaros: Norwegian attacker Tokmac Nguen has already scored seven goals in nine matches in the league and Champions League this season, and could be an outside bet for the first goal here.
Long shot: Barcelona are far from a steady ship right now, and Ferencvaros will attempt to take advantage of that. The Green and Whites scored nine times in five qualifying fixtures for this tournament, and are 15/2 to score first here. Barca are 10/1 to win from behind, with a 3-1 home win and Nguen to score first yielding some massive odds.