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Barcelona in London to Face Arsenal

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Tuesday features a pair of sensational Champions League contests including Premier League title contenders Arsenal hosting La Liga leaders Barcelona in the first leg of their Round of 16 matchup.

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  • Seven of Barcelona’s past eight La Liga games have gone OVER 2.5 goals.
  • Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud is tied for fourth in Champions League scoring with 5 goals.
  • Arsenal has just one defeat in its last 15 home games in all competitions (11 wins, three draws).

At online shop Bet365, Arsenal is +400 at home in moneyline markets while Barcelona is -143 and the Draw is +320. The total is presently 2.5 with OVER -163 and UNDER +125.

Barcelona breezed through Group E finishing with four wins and two draws in its six matches. The Catalans scored 15 goals and conceded just four en route to topping the group and have been even more dominant domestically. The club leads La Liga with 63 points – eight up on Atletico Madrid – and hasn’t lost a match in league play since October 3, posting 15 wins and three draws in 18 games since.

The Gunners sit third in the Premier League table on 51 points and are just two back of table-toppers Leicester, whom they defeated 2-1 their last time out in the league. Arsenal qualified in second place but had a spotty group stage finishing with three wins and three losses in Group F, which featured Bayern Munich, Olympiakos and Dinamo Zagreb.

Arsenal was able to take all three points the last time these two met at the Emirates Stadium back on February 16 of 2011, but with the way Barcelona is playing recently, this will be a difficult task for the London club.

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