Royal Antwerp v Barcelona Prediction, Odds and Betting Tips

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TournamentChampions League
Timetable20:00 GMT 13 Dec 23
PredictionBarcelona to win
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Barcelona could still fail to qualify for the knockout stages of the 2023/24 Champions League, but it is highly unlikely since their final game of the Group Stage is against Royal Antwerp. They need just a point against the winless Belgian side in order to book their spot in the next round as group winners. There will be plenty of Irish football fans doing a spot of football betting on this match, and below you can find all of my predictions.

🏆 Royal Antwerp vs Barcelona UCL Prediction

Royal Antwerp are having a decent season in the Belgian Pro League as they currently sit in fourth place with 30 points from the 17 games that they have played. In their last 10 matches in all competitions, they have picked up 6 wins, 1 draw, and 3 losses. They are averaging two goals a game so far this season, while they have been pretty tight in defense, conceding just 14 times in 17 league matches.

Barcelona are not doing as well in La Liga as their fans would have hoped for - they are currently sitting in 4th spot, 8 points adrift of Girona, who are surprisingly sitting at the summit. Over their previous ten matches, they have actually had the same run of results as Antwerp, which is 6 wins, 1 draw, and 3 defeats. They are averaging just over 2 goals per game, but are conceding a few more than they would like.

When these two teams clashed in September, Barcelona came out on top 5-0, and it is hard to see anything other than a similar scoreline this time around. I am going to predict the Spanish side to win this match 4-0. They are vastly superior to their Belgian opponents and should have no problem dispatching them.

My Prediction: 🏆 Antwerp 0 – 4 Barcelona⚽

💯 Royal Antwerp vs Barcelona UCL Match Odds

Football bettors are spoiled for choice when it comes to the various markets - think of something that can happen in a football match, and you will likely be able to place a bet on it at all of the top sports betting sites. Out of all of the different markets, the three that I tend to pay the most attention to are match winner, both teams to score, and over/under 2.5 goals.

In the tables below, you will find the odds that five top bookmakers are offering at this moment in time for these markets in relation to this Royal Antwerp vs Barcelona match.

🏅 Royal Antwerp vs Barcelona: Match Winner

This is one of the simplest football bets out there because what you need to predict is the team that will go on and win the game, picking up the three points that are on offer. As you can see from the following table, Barcelona are the overwhelming favourites to go on and win the match:

Team
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Royal Antwerp to Win5.505.255.255.405.33
Barcelona to Win1.521.571.521.591.58
Draw4.304.334.354.504.33

⚽ Royal Antwerp vs Barcelona: Both Teams To Score (BTTS)

When you look at the both teams to score odds that the best sports betting sites are currently offering, you will see that they are backing both teams to find the back of the net. This is probably because Antwerp have been scoring for fun in the Belgian Pro League, while Barcelona have been conceding more than they usually would.

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Yes1.671.701.621.701.68
No2.022.102.162.172.14

🥅 Royal Antwerp vs Barcelona: Over/Under 2.5 Goals

Those who do not want to bet on the winner of the match or whether both teams will find the back of the net can consider placing a bet on the total number of goals that will be scored in the game. The most popular option for such a market is Over/Under 2.5 goals - if you opt for over, you need at least 3 goals to be scored, while with the under market, you need there to be no more than 2 goals. As can be seen from the over/under goals odds in the following table, the bookmakers favour the over market.

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Over 2.5 Goals1.581.601.551.611.60
Under 2.5 Goals2.282.302.272.382.36

✔️ Royal Antwerp vs Barcelona - Betting Tips

Even if you are making use of free bets that your bookmaker has given you, you should still make sure that you are placing some well-educated bets. Relying on Lady Luck might work once in a blue moon, but you will end up on the losing side more often than not. Below you can find some of my top tips for this Royal Antwerp vs Barcelona match.

  • Betting Tip 1: Barcelona to Win and Both Teams Not to Score: You can find odds of 1.59 for a Barcelona win, but if you want to increase these odds slightly to increase the potential winnings that are available, I suggest that you back Barcelona to win and to prevent Antwerp from finding the back of their net. If you think that this is a likely outcome, then Dachbet Sports have odds of 2.85 for this market.
  • Betting Tip 2: Over 3.5 Goals: Barcelona always try to entertain their fans with attacking football, and I can see them having a bit of a field day against this Antwerp side. They will have plenty of chances to put the ball in the back of the net, and I am backing the team from Spain to score at least four goals. If you agree, then TonyBet Sports are offering odds of 2.50.
  • Betting Tip 3: Raphinha to Score: If you like to bet on a player to score, then I would recommend that you consider putting your money on Raphinia to score at any time. He has not been prolific in front of goal for the Catalan club, but keep in mind that he is coming up against a defense that has shipped 15 goals in 5 matches in this competition. At the time of writing, Betiton are offering odds of 3.10 for the Brazilian international to score.

1️⃣ Royal Antwerp Update

Royal Antwerp fans would have enjoyed their European adventure this season since it was their first time in the UEFA Champions League, but they would have hoped to have picked up at least one point at some time. They have only scored 3 goals in their 5 matches, and currently have a -12 goal difference. They are just playing for pride in this final match, so all the pressure is off them. They will be looking to give Barcelona some scare, but I am sensing that it will be a walk in the park for the La Liga side.

Last 5 Games
Cercle Brugge 1
Royal Antwerp3
09.12.23
Belgian Pro League
Royal Antwerp 5
Sporting Charleroi2
06.12.23
Belgian Cup
Royal Antwerp 1
Oud-Heverlee Leuven0
02.12.23
Belgian Pro League
Shakhtar Donetsk1
Royal Antwerp 0
28.11.23
Champions League
St. Truiden1
Royal Antwerp 1
24.11.23
Belgian Pro League

Mark van Bommel, the legendary Dutch player who played for some of the biggest European clubs, such as Barcelona, Milan, and Bayern Munich, is the current coach of Royal Antwerp. He will be happy at the fact that he only has two injuries to contend with, and these can be seen in the table below:

PlayerReason
Jacob OndrejkaFoot Injury
Anthony Lenin Valencia BajanaMuscle Injury

2️⃣ Barcelona Update

When it comes to the Champions League, Barcelona have a rich history as they have won this competition on four occasions. However, they have not won it since 2015, and their fans would not have expected to have to wait so long for more European success. In fact, out of the last nine editions since their win, they have only made it to the semi-finals on one occasion. I think it is safe to assume that they are at least going to make it to the knockout stages of the 23/24 edition.

Last 5 Games
Barcelona 2
Girona4
10.12.23
La Liga
Barcelona 1
Atletico Madrid0
03.12.23
La Liga
Barcelona 2
FC Porto1
28.11.23
Belgian Pro League
Rayo Vallecano1
Barcelona 1
25.11.23
La Liga
Barcelona2
Deportivo Alaves1
12.11.23
La Liga

Xavi will have several key players not available for this match due to injuries, and these can be seen in the table below. Despite the likely changes that he will make, they should have more than enough to come out on top with a comfortable win.

PlayerReason
Marcos AlonsoBack Injury
Marc-Andre ter StegenBack Injury
Inigo MartinezMuscle Injury
GaviCruciate Ligament Injury

👕 Royal Antwerp vs Barcelona - Potential Lineups

Pos.Royal Antwerp
4-2-3-1
Barcelona
4-3-3
Pos.
GoalkeeperJ. ButezI. PeñaGoalkeeper
Right BackR. De LaetJ. CanceloRight Back
Centre BackJ. KoundéCentre Back
Centre BackS. CoulibalyA. ChristensenCentre Back
Left BackO. WjindalA. BaldeLeft Back
Defensive MidfielderM. KeitaF. LópezRight Midfielder
Defensive MidfielderA. VermeerenO. RomeuCentre Midfielder
Right MidfielderM. BalikwishaI. GundoganLeft Midfielder
Attacking MidfielderJ. EkkelenkampL. YamalRight Wing
Left MidfielderC. EjukeRafinhaStriker
StrikerV. JanssenF. TorresLeft Wing

✒️ Sheldon Muchmore - iGaming and Sports Betting Enthusiast

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This Antwerp vs Barcelona prediction was written by Sheldon Muchmore.

Sheldon is a tipster and betting expert from the United Kingdom who has a passion for a whole range of sports, particularly football, rugby, and cricket. He is an avid Aston Villa fan, so feel free to feel a bit of pity for him. He has been involved in the online gambling industry for a number of years now and has written a large number of predictions for a variety of sports including GAA, so he has built up a lot of sporting expertise over the years.

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