Barcelona-Santos Betting Preview: Expect Neymar to ensure goals against his former club

The Brazilian wonderkid is set to feature for the Blaugrana against his former club, and Al Hain-Cole expects him to help ensure the match is as high-scoring as previous encounters
Gerardo Martino will be on the bench for the first time as Barcelona boss on Friday, when his side take on Santos in the Joan Gamper Cup at the Nou Camp.

The Blaugrana missed out on the trophy for just the third time in 18 years against Sampdoria last summer, but are overwhelming 2/17 (1.12) favourites with BetVictor to reclaim it with victory tonight.

Claudinei Oliveira’s side were on the wrong end of a 4-0 thrashing when these sides last met at the 2011 Club World Cup, and are available at 12/1 (13.00) to exact some revenge with a shock win in this game.

The Brazilians lost on penalties after a 2-2 draw in their only previous appearance at this competition, and you can get odds of 13/2 (7.50) on the scores remaining all square after 90 minutes once again.

While Martino will be the main focus for many onlookers as he takes control of his first match, he will have to share the spotlight with Brazilian sensation Neymar, who is in line to make his full debut for Barca after joining from tonight’s opposition.

Having scored more than a goal every two games for Peixe and Brazil, the 21-year-old will add an extra dimension to an attack that was already the most prolific in La Liga last season, with 115 goals in just 38 league games.

The hosts are veritably spoilt for choice up front, and those who would put Neymar alongside Lionel Messi as the best player in the world will now have the opportunity to find out whether he belongs in such exalted company.

The Catalans can only benefit from any friendly rivalry between their star strikers, and this match looks certain to produce at least the four goals scored in the last two meetings between the sides, meaning tempting odds of 4/5 (1.80) on between four and six going in this evening.

4-6 goals at 4/5 (1.80) with BetVictor

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