Barcelona will look to continue their 100% winning start to their defence of this season’s La Liga title as they host newly-promoted Huesca at the Camp Nou on Sunday. The home side are strong favourites despite Huesca picking up an impressive four points in their opening two games.
Where and when: Camp Nou, Barcelona – 2 September, kick-off 17:30
Where you can see Barcelona vs. Huesca: William Hill, Eleven Sports
Last time: Huesca have never previously competed in Spain’s top flight and this has ensured the two clubs have never met previously competitively.
|Barcelona to win to nil||6/10||Offer|
|Under 2.5 goals||7/2||Offer|
|Lionel Messi anytime scorer||2/7||Offer|
Barcelona vs. Huesca Predictions and Preview
Both these sides will be delighted at their respective starts to the campaign with Barca picking up six points from six and Huesca with a commendable four points from their trips to the Basque Country.
Barcelona have not had it all their own way against either Alaves or Real Valladolid – who were denied a last-minute equaliser by VAR – but the results have ultimately been as expected.
Huesca are the feel-good story of the first two weeks – in their first ever top-flight game they triumphed 2-1 at Eibar before bouncing back from two goals down to rescue a point at Athletic Club in Bilbao.
Predictably, the Blaugrana are massive favourites to win this game and inflict Huesca’s first ever La Liga defeat at odds of 1/2 with a shock away victory available at 45/1 and the draw priced at 12/1.
This game looks set to be dominated by long spells of Barca possession against a deep-lying visiting defence, who will surely exercise great caution throughout. Under 2.5 goals is available at 7/2 while fewer than 1.5 goals is at 8/1.
However, despite there being no shortage of firepower and attacking talent on the pitch for the home team, over 2.5 goals does not offer value at at 2/9.
A ‘double chance’ on Huesca to battle their way to either a draw or a win is available at 9/1 while a Barca win/draw outcome is at 1/66.
If you fancy the hosts to be leading at both half-time and at the final whistle, such odds are available at 1/4 while if you fancy Ernesto Valverde’s side to win to nil – that is at 6/10. (William Hill)
One to watch for Barcelona: Lionel Messi is already up and running in La Liga having netted two goals in the opening day victory over Alaves. He is tipped to continue his remarkable run in the division – 385 goals in 418 appearances – and is priced at at 2/7.
One to watch for Huesca: Alex Gellar was Huesca’s hero in their first ever top-flight match – netting two goals as his side claimed a famous victory at Eibar. He is available at 15/2 to write another chapter in the club’s history with a goal at the Camp Nou.
Long shot: Huesca, like most opposition sides in Barcelona, will defend deep and rely on defensive discipline to get anything out of this game. A scoreless draw in this game is an outside bet available at incredibly long odds of 60/1.