Barcelona v Celtic betting tips – Hoops to feel the wrath of Barca

Hoops to feel the wrath of Barca

FC Barcelona's Samuel Umtiti, second right, and Gerard Pique, duels for the ball with Athletic Bilbao's Aymeric Laporte, center, during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Athletic Bilbao, at San Mames stadium, in Bilbao, northern Spain, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

Over 3.5 Goals

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Betting Tip: Over 3.5 Goals @ 5/8 with betvictor

Luis Enrique cut a stunned figure on the sideline on Saturday evening, with Alaves claiming a 2-1 win at the Nou Camp after the manager had rotated his squad for the La Liga clash.

It was largely a second-string team that lined up for this clash and they were made to pay the penalty, with the Basque side enjoying their first victory of the season, catching their opponents cold.

It should be a different story on Tuesday night, with Enrique set to field his strongest possible side and that will mean the return of Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Gerard Pique to the first team.

Samuel Umtiti should also line up at centre-half in place of Javier Mascherano and Celtic could be on the receiving end of a backlash following Saturday’s reverse.

Brendan Rodgers will feel confident of his team putting on a decent display, even if Leigh Griffiths will be missing from the starting line-up, with the striker continuing to be sidelined with a hamstring tear.

“Leigh is a brilliant young player but we have to look after him for the season. He won’t be involved against Barcelona,” Rodgers told BBC Scotland.

“We got the scan results back and he has a grade one [hamstring tear]. He has had it before and been out for up to seven days.

“He thought he could get through it but it will probably be next weekend [Celtic play Inverness in the Premiership on Sunday] or just after that we will have him back.”

Even so, Rodgers will be delighted by the impact of Moussa Dembele, with the striker bagging a hat-trick against Rangers on Saturday, while Scott Sinclair has adjusted well to life north of the border too.

This represents a much tougher challenge and the fact that Hapoel Be’sheva were able to win 2-0 in what was a tight Champions League knockout tie means that we should expect Barca to win with flying colours.

However, a big haul of goals represents better value than backing the home side in any form.

Betting Tip: Over 3.5 Goals @ 5/8 with betvictor

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