Barcelona v Sporting CP: Attacks to thrive as Champions League group stage reaches conclusion

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With the visitors having plenty to play for and boasting an excellent scoring record on the road we are backing both sides to find the back of the net

Barcelona have the luxury of going into their final game in Group D knowing that they have already claimed top spot thanks to an unbeaten opening five games in this season's Champions League.

Therefore, manager Ernesto Valverde could be tempted to rest one or two players for the visit of Sporting Club on Tuesday ahead of a tough weekend trip to Villarreal in La Liga.

The Lisbon outfit arrive in Catalonia still in with a chance of making the knockout stages, although to do so they need to claim all three points and hope Juventus to drop points in Olympiakos; nevertheless, the visitors will be highly motivated and they have put in some excellent performances in the group, with only an own goal in Portugal giving Barcelona a slender 1-0 win when they met back in September.

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BetSafe offer Sporting at 32/5 (7.40) to claim a win at the Camp Nou, with the Blaugrana priced at 11/25 (1.44) and the draw available at 21/5 (5.20)

Looking back over Sporting's recent away record in the Champions League, it is clear to see that the Portuguese side have no problem in finding the back of the net.

Scoring three times in Athens and once in Turin this season has extended their impressive scoring record, and Jorge Jesus' men have netted in 13 of their last 15 matches in the tournament on the road.

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That run over the last ten years has seen them score at Manchester United, Barcelona, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid and there is no reason why they cannot continue their goalscoring streak at the Camp Nou on Tuesday, especially given that Barca will be without the injured Samuel Umtiti.

Generally, Sporting have been in decent scoring form, netting in each of their last ten matches in all competitions and they will be confident of getting on the scoresheet in Catalonia.

Given the statistics, along with the fact that Barca have netted in their last 14 games at the Nou Camp, the price of 69/100 (1.69) for both teams to score is big enough for our purposes and looks tempting.

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