Barcelona begin the La Liga season with a game at home to Rayo Vallecano on Saturday evening following what has been an eventful summer for the Catalans.
The Blaugrana have been busy acquiring high profile players, yet whether they can register them all within the league's strict financial controls remains to be seen.
Nevertheless, there is a real sense of optimism around the Camp Nou that the forthcoming campaign will bring success and they are clear favourites to start the season with a win.
Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano latest odds
Last season however this fixture threw up two massive shocks as the side from the Madrid neighbourhood of Vallecas beat Barca both home and away recording 1-0 victories in both matches.
The draw is offered at 6/1 (7.00).
Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano first goal scorer
Robert Lewandowski is the most high-profile summer signing in La Liga and it is no surprise to find the Polish striker leading the market to break the deadlock.
Whether he is registered in time for the game remains to be seen but he can be backed at 11/5 (3.20) to net first on his official debut.
For the visitors, Falcao is the shortest priced player to score first at 12/1 (13.00), while the scorer of the only goal of the game the last time the sides met at the Camp Nou, Alvaro Garcia, is offered at 20/1 (21.00).
Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano preview
Much of the build-up to this season opener for Barca has centred around the registration of players and at the time of writing, the Catalans were struggling to have their new signings available.
Whether the likes of Jules Kounde, Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha can feature will impact heavily on the Blaugrana's chances, although there should still be interest in backing a home win.
However, with it being the first game of the season, Rayo might be able to keep the score down and the side from the Spanish capital were pretty solid defensively last season.
Opposing a high-scoring home win could be of interest, with Los Vallecanos conceding more than two goals only twice on the road last season.
Barcelona vs Rayo Vallecano tips and predictions
Barcelona to win and under 3.5 goals is priced at 6/5 (2.20) and could be an interesting angle from which to approach Saturday's encounter.
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