Barcelona play their final pre-season on Monday, as they welcome Brazilian side Chapecoense AF, who are rebuilding after the devastating aeroplane crash that saw 19 of their players die. Despite the main focus of the game being to celebrate the Brazilian team, both clubs will be taking the encounter seriously, with Barcelona looking to put the departure of Neymar Jr behind them with a victory.
With plenty of bets expected on the match, following our top betting tip could well see you claim a major victory over the bookmakers. In order to help you on your way, let’s take a closer look at the two teams, in terms of their form, available players and motivation levels.
Barcelona return to the Camp Nou following a hectic pre-season schedule, that saw then defeat the likes of Juventus, Manchester United and Real Madrid in the United States. Despite having seen Brazilian superstar Neymar Jr depart for a world record £200 million fee just a matter of days ago, the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez will be hoping to do their talking on the field in his absence. Meanwhile, having taken over from Luis Enrique, new boss Ernesto Valverde will be hoping to ensure that his team are fully prepared for the upcoming season, with the Super Cup against Real Madrid following just a matter of days after this game. As a result, we could well see an experimental line-up against the Brazilian side.
Chapecoense AF Form
Chapecoense have returned to action with the help of a whole host of players who have joined the club on loan, including striker Wellington Paulista and Luiz Antonio. The Brazilians have struggled of late in Serie A, having lost eight of their opening 18 league encounters. Despite not having the experience of playing together for an extended period, a trip to the Nou Camp is likely to inspire Chapecoense to play some of their best football, with the challenge of playing one of the world’s best teams likely to motivate them even more.
Top Betting Tip
Barcelona are not used to losing at the Camp Nou and we cannot see this changing against Chapecoense. As a result, we are backing the Spanish giants to claim victory over the Brazilians, which can be found at best odds of 1/4 at William Hill. Following this betting tip could well prove to be a lucrative decision, with the likes of Messi and Suarez looking to run riot against their Brazilian opponents.