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European giants compete for Joan Gamper trophy in final pre-season friendly...

Eyes may be fixed on the crunch Champions League qualifiers but for those of you who like to see two heavyweights duking it out, the Camp Nou serves up Barcelona versus Milan.

This is the last pre-season friendly for both teams, with La Liga and Serie A kicking off at the weekend. At stake is the Joan Gamper trophy and an opportunity for Milan to get their hands on some silverware under new coach Massimiliano Allegri.

Oh and the small matter of a certain Ronaldinho returning to Barcelona for the first time since his departure to the San Siro two years ago.

Pre-match build-up has inevitably surrounded 'Ronnie's Return' and the potential transfer of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to the Serie A side.

Ronaldinho even penned an open love letter to the Barca Cules ahead of the match: "I prefer to think that this will be a reunion between friends, and the rediscovery of an old friendship and old relationship. Being back at the Camp Nou is special for me."

An exhibition of football is expected to honour the founder of Barcelona Joan Gamper is this annual tournament. In the 44 editions of the event the hosts have won a whopping 33 times.

Barcelona are red hot favourites and enter the match on the back of a 4-0 thumping of Sevilla at the weekend. Fans will clearly be expecting goals but bear in mind a similar high profile friendly to honour Franz Beckenbauer between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid finished goalless recently. It's unlikely the late Joan Gamper or Ronaldinho would approve of a similar result tonight.

Betting Odds
Bookies clearly fancy there to be plenty of goals with over three being priced at 1.75 compared to under three at 1.95. Fans of the Rossoneri may think odds of 6.31 on them winning are a slap in the face so you'll get great value on a Milan win or draw at 2.67. If you're in the mood for goals 2-3 is priced at 2.04, 4-6 at 2.38 and 7+ at 17.81.

Match Odds: Barcelona 1.33, Draw 4.38, Milan 6.31

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