Barcelona v Sporting Gijon Betting: Enrique's men must build from the back

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While the Catalan giants have the chance to go back to the top of La Liga with a victory at the Camp Nou, their backline provides the key to our pick

Lionel Messi's late winner at Atletico Madrid was celebrated wildly by Barcelona players and fans alike with their 2-1 success keeping the Catalans firmly in the title race.

The Blaugrana will go top of the La Liga table for a couple of hours if they beat struggling Sporting Gjion at the Camp Nou on Wednesday night and Luis Enrique will be expecting his side to heap more pressure on title rivals Real Madrid with a win.


Despite that being a very real possibility, the manager will remember Barca's last home game when his side put in a sorry performance against struggling Leganes, and needed an injury time penalty from Lionel Messi to secure a 2-1 win.

Of course things should be straightforward against a Sporting Gijon side who have spent the best part of three months in the relegation zone, yet this season Barca have stuttered on occasions at the Camp Nou.

That said, logic dictates that they will be far too strong and bet365 who are live streaming the game for UK based customers offer a home win at just 1/20 (1.05).  The visitors for their part are offered at 40/1 (41.00) while the draw can be backed at 14/1 (15.00).


Sporting for their part have shown some spirit in the last few weeks with a win at Leganes and at draw against Celta Vigo on Sunday while they were level at 1-1 with Atletico Madrid until the 80th minute in their game 10 days ago before conceding three times in the latter stages. However their manager Rubi, a Catalan himself, will surely be hoping for little more than damage limitation at the Camp Nou on Wednesday.

The visitors' away record this season has been abysmal with a win at Leganes their first league victory on the road in 14 months. In an extremely one sided maket, value in backing the hosts is hard to come by but the price of 8/11 (1.73) for Barca to win and keep a clean sheet looks tempting, with this bet paying out in five of the Blaugrana's last eight home league games. 

Barcelona to win to nil at 8/11 (1.73) for a 2.5pt stake with bet365

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