Vissel Kobe vs Barcelona Match Info
Date: Saturday July 27 2019
Kick-off time: 10.00am BST
Venue: Noevir Stadium Kobe
Vissel Kobe vs Barcelona Head-To-Head Record
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Vissel Kobe vs Barcelona Stats
- Vissel Kobe are nearly two-thirds of the way through their 2019 J1 League season and have lost their last three matches
- They are only one place above the relegation play-off position in the table
- Vissel have conceded two or more goals in five of their last six matches
Vissel Kobe vs Barcelona Match Preview
Barcelona enjoy a reunion with three of their former players as they continue their build-up to the 2019-20 season in Japan.
The Spanish champions are competing in the Rakuten Cup, honouring their main sponsor, and lost their opening match of that tournament 2-1 to Chelsea on Wednesday with Ivan Rakitic scoring a late consolation goal.
From Saitama, they have moved on to Kobe to face Vissel, who are owned by e-commerce giant Rakuten, and thus the strong connection between the clubs has led to ex-Barca trio Andres Iniesta, David Villa and the significantly younger Sergi Samper taking on a new challenge in the Far East.
In addition, Vissel Kobe have also lured German World Cup winner Lukas Podolski to play under his compatriot and manager Thorsten Fink, who won the Champions League as a midfielder with Bayern Munich.
While they are still without their contingent who were on Copa America duty this summer, including Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, plus Gerard Pique who has a slight thigh injury, the Barcelona fans in Kobe can look forward to seeing more of new signings Antoine Griezmann and Frenkie de Jong.
Although Vissel are enduring a poor season, they will be more match fit than their illustrious visitors and with their ex-Barca stars sure to want to show they have still got it, this may not end in a clear-cut success for Ernesto Valverde’s men.
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Vissel Kobe vs Barcelona Betting Tips
Barcelona to win and under 3.5 goals in the match @ 5/4 with bet365
Barcelona to win to nil @ 11/10 with bet365