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Antwerp v Barcelona: Back Barca to bounce back in Belgium

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Robert Lewandowski will lead the line for Barcelona tonight

Barcelona can sign off with a win in Champions League Group H tonight, reckons Tobias Gourlay...


Antwerp v Barcelona
Wednesday 20:00 (Live on TNT Sports Extra)

Top meets bottom in the final round of Champions League Group H. Barcelona are three points clear of Porto and Shakhtar at the top, so they just need a point to guarantee top spot. Antwerp are pointless to this point, so it's only consolation prizes available to them tonight.

Barca won the reverse fixture 5-0 in September, but might still have a point to prove today. Xavi's men were beaten 4-2 by Girona in La Liga at the weekend. Two defeats in a row tends to constitute a crisis for the Catalan giants, so they'll be especially keen to avoid another L today.

However, the visitors will have to get the job done without some of their usual starters. Keeper Ter Stegen, defenders Inigo Martinez and Marcos Alonso, and midfielder Gavi are all out through injury.

With Robert Lewandowski not his usual prolific self of late, the man to watch today could be Joao Felix. The on-loan forward notched twice in the reverse fixture and also scored in Barca's last CL outing against Porto a couple of weeks ago - before netting the winner in a La Liga clash with his parent club Atletico Madrid.

There's one reason to believe this one might not be another goal fest for the Catalans: they haven't scored more than two goals in any of their last 14 outings across the Champions League and La Liga.

That said, Antwerp's two previous Group H home games have thrown up a 3-2 defeat to Shakhtar and a 4-1 loss to Porto. If the hosts come out to play, looking to get at Barca's banged-up backline, there could be more goals today. Over 2.5 Goals is priced in accordingly at 1.674/6.

In a get-right game for Barca, we'll focus on the match outcome market. We'll take them to win and Joao Felix to score in a Bet Builder that pays out at 2.915/8.

Back Barcelona to win & Joao Felix to score @ 2.915/8

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