The Club World Cup comes to an end this Sunday and once again it looks as though Barcelona will be the ones celebrating come the final whistle.
Barcelona’s Club World Cup semi-final win over Al Sadd may have been overshadowed by the season-ending injury to striker David Villa, but the ease of their win should not be glossed over.
The Catalan giants are the best side in the world and they should have no problem proving it once more against Santos…
Barcelona are the overwhelming 2/7 favourites for this game and head into it on the back of some sparkling performances.
They dismissed bitter rivals Real Madrid 3-0 before they made the trip to Japan and were ruthless in their defeat of Al Sadd in the semi-final of this competition.
It’s difficult to see the Spanish side being defeated at this stage and Santos’s semi-final win against Kashiwa Reysol was their first victory in five games.
The Copa Libertadores champions are 8/1 to bag the trophy, while the draw after 90 minutes is currently 4/1 which could prove a tempting punt as Barcelona needed extra-time to see off Estudiantes in the 2009 final.
Santos haven’t managed to keep a clean sheet in their previous six games in all competitions, while Barcelona have smashed in 20 goals in their last five.
Backing over 2.5 goals in this clash looks a sensible punt, while also putting some cash on Lionel Messi to score first at 5/2 could also lead to a very decent payout.