UCL Soccer Picks: Back Barcelona's Top Notch Offense -333 in High-Scoring Game vs. FC BATE

Nikki Adams

Monday, October 19, 2015 9:35 PM GMT

Barcelona are runaway favorites to win at the expense of BATE Borisov on the road when match day 3 of UEFA Champions League kicks off on Tuesday. Here’s a preview with our choice soccer picks.

BATE Borisov Massive Underdogs
Nobody is surprised by the soccer betting outlook for this matchup. BATE Borisov are the whopping +1000 home puppies while the Catalan Giants and defending Champions League champions are the overwhelming -333 road favorites. Heck, even the draw is trading out of reach of the hosts at +500 soccer odds.

By all accounts, Barcelona are the consensus bet to win outright. Some of the most popular soccer picks lean towards lopsided victories, ranging from a 3-1 win trading at +1000 soccer odds to a 6-0 evisceration trading at +4000 soccer odds.

Barcelona are locked in a three-way tie with Real Madrid and Celta de Vigo (huh?? Did anybody see that one coming to crash the party?) for first place in Primera Division action with 18 points. Barcelona are 6-0-2 on the season, which features a winning effort at the weekend over Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou (5-2).  They’ve only lost two matches this season – a 2-1 loss to Sevilla on match day 7 and a 4-1 loss to Celta de Vigo on match day 5. It’s not a coincidence that both those losses came on the road.

Few soccer bettors or experts alike even consider the possibility BATE would spring a surprise on the Catalan Giants. But didn’t they upset AS Roma at home 3-2 on match day 2?

This might be a good time to remind soccer bettors that Barcelona have yet to win on the road in Champions League – their only outing was a draw to AS Roma.

BATE lead the Belarusian Premier League after 23 rounds with a 17-5-1 record and 56 points, which includes an 8-2-1 record at home, highlighted by 20 goals scored and just 4 conceded. Of course, the level of quality between the domestic league and Europe’s top competition is huge. And nothing is more challenging than a date with the defending champions.

The last time Aleksandr Yermakovich's BATE collided with Barcelona in Europe’s top flight competition, the result wasn’t very good to put it mildly. Things got off on the wrong foot when Volodko scored an own goal. Then the barrage followed. They were blown away 9-0 on aggregate (2011-2012 UCL campaign), 5-0 in the home leg with Lionel Messi scoring a brace then.

Messi isn’t going to be such a thorn in their side seeing as he’s out for six to seven weeks with a knee injury suffered late in September against Las Palmas. However, Neymar could potentially give them fits if he enjoys anywhere nearly the same kind of form he put on display at the weekend, scoring four goals in the 5-2 win over Rayo. Yikes.

 

Soccer Betting Verdict
It’s a long trek to Belarus, not to mention the cold temperatures that await Barca are going to need some adjusting to a blistering high of 5 Celsius is forecasted. Nevertheless, they are the champions of Europe. By that standard one expects them to come through on their lofty soccer odds. The Belarusians will be eager to keep pace and put on a show for the home faithful. They might be successful for a stretch and give the Spanish visitors something to think about. In the end, though, we expect the quality and class of Barcelona to shine through. Take Barcelona to win at -333 and the OVER 2.5 at -175 on your soccer picks.

UCL Soccer Picks: Barcelona -333 & OVER 2.5 -175 at Bet365

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