Luis Enrique still insists that the Spanish Super Cup is winnable despite his side trailing 4-0 from a first leg shocker against Atheltic Bilbao on Friday night.
The European champions were forced in to changes following their European Super Cup win over Sevilla earlier in the week. That energy-sapping win which was delivered after 120 minutes of end-to-end football didn’t finish until the early hours of Wednesday morning in Georgia and goes a long way to excusing Barca’s lacklustre display less than 72 hours later.
But will they have recovered enough to deliver the comeback of comebacks on Monday night? The fact that there’s silverware at stake should be motivation enough but when you’re looking to add to the league title, Champions League, Kings Cup, Super Cup, European Super Cup and World Club Cup, which have all been won in the same year, you can see why winning this one would mean so much to Barca.
Barcelona are 1/6 (Sportingbet) to win the match – that looks a given – but they’re 21/5 (Sportingbet) to lift the trophy. Away goals count double so one goal for Bilbao would leave Messi and co needing six. Right now you couldn’t confidently predict Barcelona can keep a clean sheet. They’ve lost eight in the last two matches and in pre-season only managed a clean sheet against Roma whilst losing two to Fiorentina and Chelsea and three to Man Utd.
Athletic also have a decent scoring record in this fixture having netted in 7 of the last eight meetings and could hurt Barca on the counter.
Over 3.5 goals looks the safest play of the night. Barca definitely have the goals in them and Bilbao could grab one of their own so 19/20 at Ladbrokes is a decent price. 2/1 (BetVictor) on over 4.5 isn’t nearly as appealing but I wouldn’t talk you out of it.
Betway go 17/10 that Barca will win and both sides will score but I’d rather be on the same firm’s 21/20 on Barca winning and there being over 2.5 goals.
Over 3.5 goals 19/20 Ladbrokes