Man United face Barcelona in the Champions League tonight and that means Lionel Messi will be back on English soil after a scintillating display against Tottenham in the group stage fixture at Wembley.
The Argentine is the subject of a number of special bets tonight and we have taken a look at the odds for the best betting tips involving Lionel Messi for tonight’s Man Utd vs Barcelona match.
At the time of writing, the best odds available for Messi to get the first goal tonight are 10/3 with Unibet. This is over 3/1 and when you look around at the other prices, there are some bookies to avoid including Betfred and Betway who are only offering 5/2.
Messi has already scored eight goals in the Champions League this season, making him joint top scorer with Robert Lewandowski, who’s Bayern Munich side were knocked out by Liverpool and Virgil Van Dijk was brilliant in keeping the Polish man quiet.
He has been the first scorer three times already in the competition this season and 12 times in La Liga.
The second bet we’re looking at tonight is for Messi to get over 0.5 assists. This basically means if he gets one assist or more, the bet is a winner.
He is not just a brilliant goalscorer, but also sets up goals for his team mates with his brilliant footwork and passing. He has made 21 assists in 40 matches so far this season including three in the Champions League already. Two of those were in the second leg of Barcelona’s last 16 clash with Lyon, where he scored two and set up two.
The odds for Messi to get over 0.5 assists tonight are 7/4 at bet365 and we think that is a great bet if you want to have a punt on a market that’s a bit out of the ordinary. With Luis Suarez alongside him, it would be no shock to see him put a few chances on a plate for the former Liverpool man.
The third bet we’re looking at combines the correct score prediction in our Manchester United vs Barcelona betting tips of a 1-1 draw, and Lionel Messi to score the first goal. The reasons stated above are why we’re predicting he scores first, and when you consider the fact that Barcelona have lost four and drawn two of their last six away knock-out Champions League matches, you start to think Man United might get a result tonight.
The Messi to score first and 1-1 correct score scorecast is worth a few quid and the odds with bet365 are currently 22/1.
Lionel Messi is the penalty taker for Barcelona and he doesn’t have a great record with them. He only scored around 75% of his penalties, which is not a good record for a player of his ability.
TO put it into context, Cristiano Ronaldo scores around 87% of his spot kicks. For this bet to be a winner, we need a few things to happen, including Barcelona to get a penalty in the first place, and then for Messi to miss it, but as a bit of fun, we think it’s an interesting bet.
Alternatively, you could bet on Barcelona to score a penalty tonight at odds of 6/1.
When you open a new bet365 account to bet on tonight’s Champions League fixtures, you’ll collect their ‘up to £100 in bet credits’ sign-up offer. This means you get your first deposit doubled and you can trigger it with the minimum deposit of £5.