UEFA’s curtain raiser takes place in Monaco on Friday and Barcelona are heavy 2/5 favourites with Ladbrokes to yet another piece of silverware, inside of 90 minutes.
Barcelona have not dropped any momentum during the summer break, beating Real Madrid over 2 legs and putting Napoli to the sword (5-0) were two recent highlights, and it’s goals that should come their way again at Stade Louis II.
Porto, now without Andre Villas-Boas, are 7/1 with Stan James to win in normal time while forcing a draw comes in at 4/1 (bet365) but in reality, Barcelona, and particularly Messi, should boss this tie.
Despite Porto losing top scorer Rademel Falcao, backing Barca to win to nil (13/8, Skybet) is not quite on the cards considering the almost friendly nature of the event but siding with the mercurial Lionel Messi is certainly worth while. The Argentine is 7/10 with to get on the scoresheet, 11/4 to score 1st (bet365), just 3/1 (Blue Square) to grab a brace and 14′s with Ladbrokes to net a hattrick. Skybet have a very interesting 13/8 about Barcelona netting at least 3 goals.