Arsenal vs Barcelona by Rahul
Barcelona have been playing some superb football led by the MSN (Messi, Suarez and Neymar) and in particular by Luis Suarez who have been in breathtaking form. Suarez has now scored in 7 straight games in a row including scoring 15 goals in their last 10 days. He has been supported particularly by the creativity by Messi and has shown extremely high work rate in pushing forward. Barcelona have look a bid dodgy defensively, especially when Ter Stegen is in goal with Barcelona conceded in 4 straight games in a row heading into this encounter.
Arsenal have been going through some mixed results winning only 3 out of their last 8 games, and even showed poor substance against a Hull City side who are in in a division below them. Arsenal's biggest problem has been the lack of a consistent goal scorer in every game. Giroud, Welbeck, Sanchez, Walcott, Campbell have been among the few deployed forward for Arsenal but only Giroud has scored 12 goals this entire campaign in double digits. With the injuries to Cazorla, Wilshere, Rosicky and Arteta, there is a less of a backup midfielders behind them considering a lot of the battle will be played in the middle and I expect Coquelin to get booked.
Arsenal's defence has been circumspect as from the recent results where they have concede goals in their recent games. Results against Barcelona over the past have been mentioned by Wenger as poor as they have failed to deliver consistent performances, and every game played between the 2 sides over the last 10 years have seen a lot of goals in this encounter because Wenger's sides have never been solid defensively. Results in the Champions League group stage has seen them concede 10 goals against Olympiakos, Bayern Munich and Zagreb; which will be on the back of the mind of the players.
This game will be exciting with the Messi, Suarez and Neymar against Sanchez, Ozil and Giroud which will make for an interesting game, but I expect Barcelona to win this game with a lot of goals in this encounter.
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|Barcelona & Over 2.5 Match Goals||Bet365||2.37||6||0-2 LOST (-6 units)|
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