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Barcelona vs Arsenal Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

12:31 BST 02/08/2019
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The north Londoners face the La Liga champions in their final summer friendly this weekend and we think there could be goals for the visitors

Barcelona play their first home game of the summer as they welcome Arsenal for the Joan Gamper Trophy on Sunday evening.

Unai Emery will return to Camp Nou for the first time since his Paris Saint-Germain side famously lost 6-1 in the Champions League and the Gunners head to Catalonia looking for their fourth summer win in their final match of pre-season.

Latest odds

888Sport make the Catalans the odds-on favourites at 21/50 (1.42) to claim a victory, and Barca have won four of the last five meetings between the sides. The Gunners for their part can be backed at 13/2 (7.50) with the draw available at 17/5 (4.40).

Team news

New signing Dani Ceballos is likely to feature for Arsenal, having missed the trip to France to face Angers. Club record signing Nicolas Pepe could make his first appearance after completing his £72 million move from Lille.

Lionel Messi is not officially due back from holiday until Sunday and so is unlikely to feature. Gerard Pique missed the Blaugrana's last game against Vissel Kobe with an injury but is back in training and should play at some stage.

Preview

Arsenal have scored in every match they have played this summer and should be further along in their physical preparation than Barca, having played four more friendlies than them.

The Blaugrana opened their summer preparations with a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea, and Arsenal will feel that they should be capable of causing the Spanish champions some problems defensively.

The Gunners netted twice in their friendlies against Bayern Munich and Real Madrid, respectively, and against a Barca side who will not be at full strength or fitness, there could be value in backing the visitors to get among the goals.

Tips and predictions

Arsenal to score over 1.5 goals is available at 15/8 (2.88) and offers real value, while the price of 18/5 (4.60) for the Gunners to score in both halves (as Chelsea did against Barca) is also of interest.

Arsenal to score over 1.5 goals at 15/8 (2.88) for a 2pt stake with 888Sport