Our Spanish expert, Phil Kitromilides, believes that the Dutch will be able to capitalise on Barca's defensive frailties when they meet for the first time in the Champions LeagueBarcelona begin their Champions League campaign with an eminently winnable tie at home to Ajax. Though the blaugrana's defence was once again drawn into question during their last gasp 3-2 win over Sevilla, the simple fact remains that the Catalans will outscore practically every team on the planet irrespective of how their defence play.
Coral offer a win for the Spanish champions at just 1/7 (1.14) while a victory for Ajax can be backed at the enormous price of 20/1 (21.00). The draw is offered at 13/2 (7.50).
While Barca are almost certain to get off to a winning start against the Dutch champions, that does not mean that they will do so by keeping a clean sheet and the price of 10/11 (1.91) for both teams to score looks too good to turn down, especially when analysing the statistics.
Barcelona have conceded goals in seven of their last nine home matches in the Champions League and kept only four clean sheets in their last 16 European matches at Camp Nou.
As mentioned, their defence so far this season has looked a little unconvincing at times and Ajax will fancy their chances of netting at least once.
The Eredivisie title holders failed to score only once in last season's Champions League in which they were pitted in the so-called 'Group of Death', netting away at both Real Madrid and Manchester City.
Furthermore, domestically they have scored in each of their last 22 league matches, meaning that backing both teams to score at nearly even money looks like a fantastic bet on Wednesday evening.
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Phil Kitromilides is a sports journalist and TV Presenter in Madrid