Messi Headlines Wednesday Champions League


Napoli v Barcelona

Wednesday, 7am AEDT

Both of these teams are in good form – Napoli have won six of seven and Barcelona five of six – but Barca have the ultimate X Factor in Lionel Messi, who hit the back of the net four times last weekend.

Messi is $2.50 in the ‘First to Score for their Team’ market and if you’re conservative, he’s $1.72 as Anytime Goalscorer.

As far as the match goes, Barcelona have only won one of their last eight away games in the Champions League Knockout Phase and haven’t won on Italian soil since 2006.

But while the draw or even a home win may look juicy, bet against Messi & Co. at your own peril.

$3.30 Napoli
$3.50 Draw
$2.10 Barcelona

All markets here.


Chelsea v Bayern Munich

Wednesday, 7am AEDT

First legs can be notoriously cagey, but the four previous matches (in all competitions) between these two teams have seen a total of 17 goals, which is 4.25 goals per game.

Bayern are a goal scoring machine, hitting the back of the net 24 times in six Champions League game and averaging an amazing 25 shots per game.

Given Chelsea’s defensive struggles, you’d back the German club to score and Robert Lewandowksi (10 goals, 25 shots so far in the Champions League) is paying $1.62 as Anytime Goalscorer and $2.00 to have 2 or More Shots on Goal.

$3.75 Chelsea
$3.75 Draw
$1.83 Bayern Munich

All markets here.


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