Barcelona Overwhelming Favourites To Win at Home on Saturday

Published on August 16th, 2016 2:48 pm EST

Barcelona will kick off the defense of their La Liga title on Saturday when they play host to Real Betis.

Barcelona, which is one of the most richly talented teams in all of football, is entering this season with something to prove. Sure, Barcelona won another La Liga title last year, though they stumbled in Champions League play and will be looking to right that wrong this season.

In addition, Barcelona very narrowly held off both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid last season, so they surely realize that there can absolutely be zero point squandered over the course of this season, as both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid will be gunning for the title.

For that reason, Barcelona must notch three points at home on Saturday against Real Betis. Real Betis, on the other hand, would love nothing more than giving Barcelona a hard match in their home opener.

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Barcelona, which enjoys the talents of players such as Messi, Suarez and Neymar, Jr., are the overwhelming favourites to win on Saturday. Here are the current betting odds:

Barcelona, 1.10
Draw, 9.00
Real Betis, 23.00

The implied odds show that Real Betis has just a 4.35% chance of winning this match, while Barcelona should win over 90% of the time. It's hard to imagine a Real Betis victory in this match.

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Here are the anytime goalscorer odds of the premier players in this match - as you can imagine, the list is heavy on Barcelona players:

Luis Suarez, 15/8
Lionel Messi, 11/5
Rafa Mujica, 9/2
Munir El Haddadi, 9/2
Cristian Tello, 17/2


Can Barcelona get their campaign off on the right foot, or will Real Betis be able to score a shocking victory?

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