Catalan giants are La Liga champions and meet Sevilla in traditional season opener
Barcelona are set to take on Sevilla in Spain’s curtain raiser to the domestic season on 12 August – the Spanish Super Cup. The Catalan club will meet Sevilla, who they met in the final of the Copa del Rey this past April.
Spain of course had been earmarked as one of the favourites for the recent World Cup held in Russia. Their premature elimination at the hands of the hosts may well have an adverse effect on the start of the La Liga campaign, due to get underway at the end of August.
First things first
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Where can I make money in this tie?
Barcelona meet Sevilla with coach Ernesto Valverde looking to continue their dominance over their domestic rivals. Barça won the title by over 10 points last season and lost only one of 38 league games, and even that was in the very last match of the campaign.
It is therefore of very little surprise that they come into this season as the clear favourites to walk away with the victory. Barça at just 1.57 to win the Spanish Super Cup, while Sevilla are at the far higher price of 5.50, according to Oddsshark.
Sevilla rather tailed off as last season drew to a close and the club will face a struggle to ensure that a dip in form does not become a bad habit. They did, however, eliminate Manchester United from the Champions League last season as well as only losing to German giants Bayern Munich by a slim margin – they can certainly mix it with the best of the best.
Sevilla’s best chance of a result may well be playing for a draw. You can quadruple any investment by backing a stalemate at 4.00.
However, given that this is the very first game of the season, there may be a little ring rust as both trams look to find their rhythm in the early exchanges. For that very reason, you may well be better off playing it safe and opting for the “Double choice” outcome, which will give you the chance to select two possible outcomes for the tie instead of only one.
A win for Sevilla or a draw is priced at 2.40, offering you the chance to potentially more than double your investment, while a Barcelona win or a draw comes in at the shorter price of 1.16. Alternatively, you can back either side to pick up the win at 1.25.
Sevilla’s best result of last season was their 2-1 win at Old Trafford against Manchester United, and given Barcelona’s attacking prowess they may need to score twice here if they are to come away with the win. It Is not easy predicting scores, but a 2-1 win for Sevilla on this occasion is priced competitively at 17.00.
Domestically speaking, Sevilla did not live up to expectations last season though. They lost 14 of their 38 league encounters and conceded 58 goals at a rate just a shade underneath 1.5 goals per game.
With that in mind, there should be goals on the cards in this cup game. Under two goals in the tie is priced very long at 5.50, you can more than double your money with two or three goals at 2.10, while over three goals is slightly higher at 2.20.
Again, the principle that more specific bets reap higher rewards holds true. You can also bet on the goings on in each half, and you can double your money by backing Barcelona to be in the lead at the end of the first half at a price of 2.05.
You can also bet on goals scored in each half. Both teams to score in the first half is priced at 3.75, while the price drops for both sides to net in the second half at 2.75.
Analysing this game, it becomes increasingly clear that it is Barcelona who should be winning the tie with relative ease. While you may not want to try your luck with an exact score, betting on a winning margin may well be safer, and Barcelona to win ay a two-goal margin at 4.50 looks good value for money.
Odds: Sevilla (5.50), Barcelona (1.57), draw (4.00)