Barcelona begin their 2020-21 Champions League group stage campaign with a match they are expected to dominate as they welcome Ferencvaros to the Camp Nou on Matchday 1 on Tuesday. Barca’s deep squad, led by Lionel Messi, should feel more than confident in taking all three points against a team back in the competition for the first time in a quarter century. Watch Live Free!
Here’s how you can watch the match and what to know:
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 30 | Time: 3 p.m. ET
Location: Camp Nou — Barcelona, Spain
TV and live stream: CBS All Access
Odds: Barcelona -1500; Draw +1000; Ferencvaros +4000 (via William Hill Sportsbook)
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Barcelona: No real pressure on Barca here, though losing this game would be one of the biggest upsets in UCL history. It’s hard to see Ferencvaros even drawing Barca if they were given 10 tries. Sergino Dest should see the pitch, Barca should have plenty of chances and this game could be the one to get Barca’s campaign rolling with lots of goals.
Ferencvaros: It’s been 25 years since the Hungarian side were in the group stage, and you can expect to see them be on smiles even if they get crushed. In a group that also includes Juventus and Dynamo Kiev, they need a miracle to even make it to the Europa League as the third-place team. Expect them to show a lot of fight, a lot of heart and to enjoy the moment with 90 minutes inside a cathedral they never thought they’d play in.
It’s over by the 30th minute as Messi gets a hat trick. Pick: Barcelona 7, Ferencvaros 0