Barcelona will be looking to make a winning start to their 2020-21 Champions League campaign when they welcome Hungarian champions Ferencvaros to Camp Nou tonight.
The Catalan giants were thumped by Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of last season's competition, while this is the first time in 25 years that Ferencvaros have been present in the group stages of the Champions League.
Here's all you need to know ahead of today's kickoff in the capital so that you can make some well-informed picks.
🧩 Barcelona vs Ferencvaros key details
- 🗓 20 October 2020
- 🏟 Camp Nou, Barcelona
- ⌚️ 22:00 kickoff (EAT)
🖊 Match preview
Barcelona have been drawn in a tricky group along with Juventus, Dynamo Kyiv, and Ferencvaros. The Blaugrana, though, would fancy their chances of progressing to the Round of 16.
Having said that, Ronald Koeman & co. will surely need to pull their socks up after being beaten 1-0 by Getafe in La Liga this past weekend.
Ferencvaros, on the other hand, made it to the Champions League qualifying stage on the back of becoming Hungarian champions for a record 31st time. The Fradi went through three rounds of the qualification process, getting past Molde in the play-offs to reach the group stages. Serhiy Rebrov’s men have been in form in domestic football and are currently top of the Nemzeti Bajnoksag.
This is the very first time that Barcelona will be locking horns with Ferencvaros in the Champions League.
🧮 Likely starting XIs
Neto; Roberto, Pique, Lenglet, Firpo; Busquets, De Jong; Fati, Coutinho, Griezmann; Messi
Dibusz; Lovrencsics, Blazic, Botka, Heister; Kharatin, Somalia; Nguen, Siger, Zubkov; Uzuni
🔑 Key betting facts
- This will be the first-ever meeting in any European competition between Barcelona and Ferencvaros.
- Barcelona have won all four of their previous European matches against Hungarian clubs, winning both against Gyon ETO FC in the 1969/70 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup and Vasas FC in the 1975/76 UEFA Cup.
- Ferencvaros faced Spanish opposition in the UEFA Europa League last season, holding Espanyol to a stalemate in each group stage fixture. Their last success against a Spanish outfit came against Athletic Bilbao in the UEFA Cup, back in 1982.
- Barcelona are unbeaten in their last 31 UEFA Champions League matches at home in the group stages (W27 D4), since suffering a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Rubin Kazan in October 2009 under Pep Guardiola.
- Ferencvaros have not featured in the Champions League since the 1995/96 season. Their record that season read W1 D2 L3.
- Barcelona haven’t lost their opening match of a UEFA Champions League season since 1997/98 when they were beaten 3-2 by Newcastle United at St James’ Park; they are unbeaten in 21 since (W16 D5).
- Barcelona’s Lionel Messi has scored more goals in the UEFA Champions League group stages than any other player (68) – in his last 43 starts in the group stages, Messi has been involved in at least one goal in 38 of those games, scoring 56 and assisting 16.