Barcelona Looking To Rebound Following Last Season's Disappointments

Published on August 23rd, 2014 6:31 pm EST

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Barcelona underperformed expectations last season after failing to win both La Liga and Champions League. Barcelona was in a heated fight with Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid in La Liga right until the end of the season before Atletico Madrid was able to pull away for the victory. Champions League brought even more disappointment for Barcelona after they were bounced in the quarterfinals by Atletico Madrid.

Barcelona looked to bolster their team this offseason when they added the services of Luis Suarez. Barcelona now has a team that includes Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez, though Suarez will not be available for a number of months due to suspension. When healthy, Barcelona will have one of the most lethal offensive attacks in the world.

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Barcelona will be relying heavily on the boot of Lionel Messi to start this season. Their first game of the La Liga season takes place on Sunday when they do battle against Elche at home.

Despite missing some of their best players, Barcelona is still the overwhelming favourite to win - here are the current odds:

Barcelona, 1.10
Draw, 10.00
Elche, 21.00

So, according to these odds, Barcelona should win this contest 9 out of 10 times, while Elche should only win once every twenty times or so. Barcelona has the superior side, plus they are playing at home, plus they have a bit of a chip on their shoulders after last season, so the prospects for Elche winning tomorrow should be pretty dim.

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