Barcelona v Manchester United as punters eye Utd at a big price in club friendly

Manchester United and Barcelona go head to head in a pre-season football friendly on Wednesday as Bet365 announce a free bets offer on the football and Olympics, and report plenty of support for Alex Ferguson’s Utd side at big odds of 5/2.

The game will be played in Gothenburg, Sweden, and is an early chance for these two sides, who are amongst the best in Europe, to see how they fair against each other, especially as Barcelona have a new manager in Tito Vilanova.

Looking at Manchester United to begin with, scoring goals has been their trouble in pre-season so far as they have found the net just three times.

Although these results do not matter, the lack of goals will concern Sir Alex Ferguson and he will want the likes of Wayne Rooney to find some goal-scoring form this time out.

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The Red Devils have not enjoyed their matches against Barcelona in recent times, losing their last two encounters – which happened to both be Champions League finals.

This is a chance for them to show they can beat them and lay down a marker to the rest of the big names in European football.

With this being United’s penultimate friendly before the Premier League campaign gets underway, form and momentum are both vital.

As for Barcelona, they are of course looking to regain their La Liga title this season after losing it to Real Madrid last time out.

In contrast to their opponents, the Spanish side have found scoring goals fairly straight forward in their friendly matches so far, finding the net twelve times in just three encounters.

Unsurprisingly, Lionel Messi has scored four goals already and he will be the one that many people will have their eyes on this week.

New boss at the Nou Camp Tito Vilanova is certainly testing his men before the La Liga season starts, not only with this game against Manchester United – they have also played big spenders Paris Saint-Germain.

With some of the most talented players in world football likely to run out on Wednesday evening, this is not likely to be your standard pre-season friendly, expect goals and entertainment.

Tommy graduated from Sheffield University in 2009 with a Journalism degree and has worked in various professional industry posts including the football print media.