Kick Off: Wednesday 7th March
Live on ITV1 7.45pm
Bayer Leverkusen travel to Camp Nou for the second leg of the last 16 knockout stage of the Champions League against Barcelona on Wednesday, and a hiding could be about to receive a hiding of the harshest variety.
Barcelona have looked imperious in the Champions League this season, and after handing their opponents a 3-1 drubbing in Germany, it’s time to show Bayer Leverkusen the true quality and class they have on home turf.
Barca have scored 4 or more goals in 9 of their 12 league games at Camp Nou this season, and 3 goals or more in all 4 of their Champions League appearances this term.
Bayer Leverkusen were completely overawed in the first leg at the BayArena, and things are likely to worsen when they face Messi and co in Spain.
Director of sport Rudi Voeller publicly announced his anger at two of his players arguing over who was going to swap shirts with Messi the magician, and that pretty much explains how overcome some of the Leverkusen players were.
Bayer Leverkusen 14/1
Barcelona were in their element in the first leg, enjoying 72% of the possession, and it is hard to picture anything but an emphatic home victory here.
To put this tie into some kind of perspective, Leverkusen lost 3-1 at group stage to Valencia, who trail Barcelona by 14 points in the Primera Liga.
As always at Camp Nou Barcelona are very short odds of 1/6 to put the tie to bed, but far more appealing here are the goals markets.
Over 3.5 goals looks a huge price at Evens with Ladbrokes, and with Leverkusen heads already looking firmly at the ground, Barcelona’s clinical finishing and passing could see them cutting through the German’s defence and scoring plenty of goals.
Back over 3.5 goals to be scored @Evens with Ladbrokes