Barcelona vs Ferencvaros: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview
Barcelona will look to banish the ghost of Bayern Munich when they host Ferencvaros in their Champions League group stage opener on Tuesday.
Barcelona vs Ferencvaros: Predictions
Limping across the line for a number of years now, Barca suffered the ultimate humiliation in last season’s Champions League, crashing out at the quarter-final stage after an 8-2 defeat to eventual winners Bayern Munich.
All the Blaugrana’s problems came home to roost that night and it’s now up to Ronald Koeman to right those wrongs and restore some European pride.
That begins against Hungarian side Ferencvaros, who have had to play five games just to make it this far, including beating Celtic 2-1 in the second qualifying round. Serhiy Rebrov’s side are the only team in this season’s competition to have progressed from the first qualifying round to the group stage.
Barca should be heavy favourites but Ferencvaros are Hungarian champions and have taken down some strong opposition to reach this stage, so cannot be taken lightly.
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Barcelona vs Ferencvaros: Match Stats
Barcelona’s biggest win in the summer transfer market was, without a doubt, keeping Lionel Messi at the Camp Nou following much speculation regarding his future. The six-time Ballon d’Or winner has dragged the Blaugrana kicking and screaming in recent years and with his competition-record 68 goals in the Champions League group stage, no defender will want to face Barca.
Barca haven’t lost a Champions League group stage game at home since falling 2-1 to Rubin Kazan in 2009 — a run of 31 games — while they’ve won all four of their meetings against Hungarian opposition down the years. Ferencvaros could prove to be a tough nut to crack but four of their five goals conceded in this season’s tournament have come in the second half, proving that if Barcelona remain patient, they can be worn down.
Barcelona vs Ferencvaros: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: Barcelona 4-0 Ferencvaros
Barcelona vs Ferencvaros: Head to Head
This is the first-ever competitive meeting between Barcelona and Ferencvaros.