Barcelona-Ajax Betting Preview

Our Spanish expert Phil Kitromilides believes the Dutch champions will capitalise on Barca's defensive frailties when they meet for the first time in the Champions League
Barcelona begin their Champions League campaign with a clash against Frank de Boer's Ajax at Camp Nou on Wednesday.

Though the Blaugrana's defence was once again drawn into question during their last-gasp 3-2 win over Sevilla at the weekend, the fact remains that Barca will outscore practically every team on the planet irrespective of how their defence plays. 

Coral offer a win for the Spanish champions at just 1/7 (1.14) while a victory for Ajax can be backed at the enormous price of 20/1 (21.00). The draw is offered at 13/2 (7.50).

While Barca are almost certain to get off to a winning start against the Dutch champions, that does not mean they will do so by keeping a clean sheet and the price of 10/11 (1.91) for both teams to score loooks too good to turn down especially when analysing the statistics. 

Barcelona have conceded goals in seven of their last nine home matches in the Champions League and kept only four clean sheets in their last 16 European games at Camp Nou. 

Their defence so far this season has looked far from convincing at times and Ajax will fancy their chances of netting at least once on Wednesday.

The Eredivisie title holders failed to score only once in last season's Champions League in which they were pitted in the so-called 'Group of Death', netting away at both Real Madrid and Manchester City. 

Furthermore, they have scored in each of their last 22 league matches meaning backing both teams to score at nearly even money looks like a fantastic bet this evening

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