Barcelona are heavy favourites to win their Champions League tie and you would be a fool to bet against them.

Tonight sees another set of UEFA Champions League fixtures as the second round continues in earnest.

While neither match has the glitz of either of the Premier League v Serie A ties, the best team in the world will be on show.

FC Barcelona – winner of every single competition that they entered in 2009 – travel to Germany to face Stuttgart in what should be nothing less than a formality for a team of their stature.

Stuttgart – under the tutelage of former Spurs manager Christian Gross – have had a poor season in the Bundesliga, more concerned with looking over their shoulder at the bottom three than looking forward towards the title.

They also needed a win on Matchday 6 of the UEFA Champions League against lowly Unirea Urziceni to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition at the Romanian’s side expense.

However, the 2007 Bundesliga champions have recently found a little bit of form having won four out of their last five matches, the only blip being a 3-1 home reverse to title-chasing Hamburg.

But facing the World and European champions is a totally different kettle of fish to beating Nurnberg or FC Koln and the German side must be expecting the worst.

Still if they are to cling to anything it is the fact that the Catalonians are not currently enjoying their best form.

They slipped to their first defeat in La Liga this season when they fell 2-1 to Atletico Madrid nine days ago and while they bounced back by beating Racing Santander 4-0 at the weekend, manager Pep Guardiola was far from impressed by his team’s display.

Barcelona’s players and coaching staff have been quick to praise the strength of German football and the nous of a team like Stuttgart but it seems that this is only to guard against complacency rather than an indication of any actual fear.

If you’re having a bet on the football tonight, be sure to put Barca in your accumulator.

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Barcelona pepped up to brush aside stuttering Stuttgart

Barcelona are heavy favourites to win their Champions League tie and you would be a fool to bet against them.

Tonight sees another set of UEFA Champions League fixtures as the second round continues in earnest.

While neither match has the glitz of either of the Premier League v Serie A ties, the best team in the world will be on show.

FC Barcelona – winner of every single competition that they entered in 2009 – travel to Germany to face Stuttgart in what should be nothing less than a formality for a team of their stature.

Stuttgart – under the tutelage of former Spurs manager Christian Gross – have had a poor season in the Bundesliga, more concerned with looking over their shoulder at the bottom three than looking forward towards the title.

They also needed a win on Matchday 6 of the UEFA Champions League against lowly Unirea Urziceni to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition at the Romanian’s side expense.

However, the 2007 Bundesliga champions have recently found a little bit of form having won four out of their last five matches, the only blip being a 3-1 home reverse to title-chasing Hamburg.

But facing the World and European champions is a totally different kettle of fish to beating Nurnberg or FC Koln and the German side must be expecting the worst.

Still if they are to cling to anything it is the fact that the Catalonians are not currently enjoying their best form.

They slipped to their first defeat in La Liga this season when they fell 2-1 to Atletico Madrid nine days ago and while they bounced back by beating Racing Santander 4-0 at the weekend, manager Pep Guardiola was far from impressed by his team’s display.

Barcelona’s players and coaching staff have been quick to praise the strength of German football and the nous of a team like Stuttgart but it seems that this is only to guard against complacency rather than an indication of any actual fear.

If you’re having a bet on the football tonight, be sure to put Barca in your accumulator.

Read the article on Sportingo

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