Barcelona-Atletico Madrid Betting Preview: Blaugrana to lift Supercopa

The defending champions are looking to secure their first trophy of Gerardo Martino’s reign as manager as they take on the capital team at Camp Nou

Barcelona will play their Supercopa de España second-leg encounter with Atletico Madrid at the Camp Nou. The tie is evenly poised at 1-1 after a tense first-leg.  Both sides will have eyes on the trophy, although ultimately, it is likely to be decided in  90 minutes, rather than Neymar’s superb headed away goal.

Martino’s men play good football, though, and can be backed at 4/11 (1.36) with Ladbrokes to record a win over their more physical neighbours. Atletico Madrid, meanwhile, have looked impressive in their two competitive fixtures so far, winning 3-1 at Sevilla before holding Barcelona to a 1-1 draw in the Supercopa de Espana, and Diego Simeone's men are offered at 7/1 (8.00).

Atletico Madrid however enters the match knowing that an away goal is key to their chance of of upsetting Barca before their home crowd. Although, they have not escaped the Camp Nou with a victory in eight years, a streak that goes back nine matches – and even then, Atletico have only avoided defeat once, in a 1-1 draw back in 2006. With this stat, the visitors are available at 9/4 (3.25) to win either halves.

In the host’s attack, it’s almost certain that Lionel Messi will start having returned from injury, while Alexis Sanchez should keep his place in the starting XI after three consecutive starts under Martino. Should this happen, Diego Simeone's side are in for a tough time. this is justified in Ladbrokes tip of the Blaugrana to go goal crazy between  2-3 goals  at 20/21 (1.95).

Backing over 2.5 goals in the first half is offered at 1/2 (1.5) and history shows us that this could be an excellent selection. Indeed this bet has paid out in nine of the last 11 matches between these two teams.

This bet also proved to be the correct option in both Barca's and Atleti's opening league game of the season at the weekend, and should offer punters a superb chance of making some extremely healthy returns.

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