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

Barcelona might be trailing Real Madrid by ten points in the Primera Liga, although they made short work of Leverkusen three weeks ago and their 3-1 victory at the BayArena means that qualifying for the last eight of the Champions League should be a formality

Pep Guardiola has been linked with the vacant manager’s position at Chelsea although it is puzzling why the Spaniard would want to leave arguably the greatest team in world football to join a club which has been a rich person’s play thing for several seasons.

Guardiola might choose to give some of his best players a breather for this contest, with Leverkusen needing to score three times at the Nou Camp to stand a chance of going through, although Barca are red-hot favourites at 1/6 (Paddy Power) to win the game.

The Spanish champions have an important match at Racing on Sunday which could influence the line-up, although Alexis Sanchez was the chief tormentor of the German side in the first leg with two goals and he can be backed at 10/3 (bet365 £200 free bets) to score the first goal of the game.

Leverkusen have nothing to lose in this second leg and might have stood an outside chance had Lionel Messi not scored a third for Barcelona as the game drew to a close. They are as big as 20/1 (Stan James bookmaker) to win on the night, although the draw could be a better option at 7/1 than the home win based on the fact that the Catalan side don’t need to go all out for the win.

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