Barcelona are looking to wrap up top spot in Champions League Group G, as the Catalan giants head to Hungary to face European minnows Ferencvaros on Wednesday night. The home team are still in with a chance of finishing third and qualifying for the Europa League, but that motivation may not be enough to bridge the gap in quality between these sides.
Where and when: Puskas Arena – 2 December, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see Ferencvaros vs. Barcelona: BT Sport
Last time: Lionel Messi opened the scoring from the penalty spot just before the half-hour mark when these teams met at the Nou Camp in October, setting Barcelona on their way to a resounding 5-1 victory.
Ferencvaros v Barcelona Predictions and Preview
Barcelona head to Budapest knowing that a point is enough for them to progress to the Champions League last 16 as group winners, ahead of their final Group G fixture against Juventus. A point would also be massive for Ferencvaros, who are tied with Dynamo Kyiv on a single point at the bottom of the group.
Although a draw would very much suit both of these teams, getting one is going to be incredibly tough for the home team. The Green Eagles were completely outclassed by Barcelona when the teams met earlier in this competition, even if they did manage to celebrate getting on the scoresheet in the famous Nou Camp.
Ferencvaros may take some heart from the fact that Ronald Koeman is likely to heavily rotate his team once again in the Champions League. However, when the Barca coach did that in the Blaugrana’s most recent game away to Kyiv, the Catalan outfit cantered to a comfortable 4-0 victory.
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Barcelona are enduring a difficult time on and off the pitch right now, and are significantly closer to the bottom of La Liga than the top. Ferencvaros, meanwhile, are top of the Hungarian top flight as they go in search of their third successive title triumph. The two divisions are poles apart though, and the visitors are the heavy favourites to take another win in this game.
Barca have followed up their seismic 8-2 drubbing at the hands of Bayern Munich in last season’s quarter-finals with four straight Champions League victories. They appear to enjoy the solace from their domestic troubles, with the away team the 9/20 favourites in this Ferencvaros v Barcelona preview. The hosts are available at 27/4, while you can back the draw at 17/4.
One to watch for Ferencvaros: Kenya-born forward Tokmac Nguen has already scored 10 goals in 18 appearances in the Hungarian NB1 and Champions League this season, marking him out as one to watch in these Ferencvaros v Barcelona predictions.
One to watch for Barcelona: Martin Braithwaite caught the eye with a double when given an opportunity to start in Barca’s last Champions League game away to Dynamo Kyiv, and he’ll be on the hunt for more goals if he gets the nod again here.
Long shot: A draw would be a suitable result for both teams in terms of this competition, even if it would probably be seen as yet another disaster for Barcelona during these tumultuous times. A score draw in this game is priced at 5/1, with an entertaining 2-2 available at 17/1.