Following their comfortable success in last season’s final over Manchester United, Barca have long been favourites to become the first side in the Champions League era to defend the trophy and there is every chance they will do so.
Off the pace in La Liga, currently six points behind Real Madrid, boss Pep Guardiola will have prioritised Europe some time ago and Barcelona’s form in the competition this season has been outstanding.
Paired with Wednesday’s opponents in the group stages, Barcelona drew 2-2 with the Italian giants on opening night at the Camp Nou but have won each of their subsequent seven matches and, in truth, nobody has got near them.
Among those victories came a 3-2 win in the San Siro in late November, Lionel Messi, inevitably, on the score sheet, and it is now an impressive six consecutive away wins in Europe’s premier club competition over the last 12 months.
In those half dozen matches Barcelona have plundered 18 goals on their travels and it is simply impossible to imagine Messi and his pals not finding the net at least once in the famous stadium on Wednesday.
Milan’s defence is hardly watertight and I’m of the belief that their true form was more accurately represented in the 3-0 loss at The Emirates in the last 16 rather than their 4-0 win on home soil against Arsenal.
Milan, still top in Serie A, will be no pushovers but they are vulnerable in front of their own fans, beaten three times already when hosting this season, and Barcelona are several steps up in class from their usual weekly domestic opponents.
Having already won the corresponding fixture earlier in the term, Bet Victor’s 1.75 about Barcelona repeating the trick will do for me and it is a price that is likely to come under pressure.
Playing away from home holds no fear for Guardiola’s side and if this match were on Spanish soil then we’d be looking at odds more in the region of 1.35.
2pts Back Barcelona (vs. Milan) @ 1.75 (Bet Victor)