Bayer Leverkusen v FC Barcelona latest odds, news and free bets

Bayer Leverkusen drew the short straw when the draw for the Champions League knockout stage took place in December, with the German side being pitted against the competition holders

Jupp Heynckes ensured that Bayer finished ahead of Bayern Munich last season before defecting to the latter, leaving Robin Dutt with the unenviable task of leading the Factory Squad into Europe, although Leverkusen did themselves proud by finishing ahead of Valencia.

The home side are an 8/1 chance (Bet Victor free bets) to claim victory against another Spanish team on Tuesday night and price seems pretty big considering that Barcelona’s away form has been patchy this season.

Pep Guardiola’s side are looking pretty vulnerable on the road and their latest hiccup came at Osasuna on Saturday where the Spanish champions lost 3-2. They will need to improve defensively as Bayer are liable to throw the kitchen sink at them.

Even so, the bookies aren’t prepared to take on Barca in this match and a best price of 4/9 (Paddy Power bookmaker) is available about the visitors. The home team’s form isn’t that great, with just one win in the last seven games and perhaps they are there for the taking.

Lionel Messi is a stand-out 10/3 (Betfred) to score the first goal of the game, with Cesc Fabregas boasting a decent scoring record from midfield and the team don’t seem to be missing the influence of David Villa too much.

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