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Barcelona star ready to smash another record in Granada clash

| 20.03.2012

Two weeks removed from becoming the first player to score five in a Champions League game, Lionel Messi is odds-on at 1/5 to score any time against Granada, and become Barcelona’s all-time leading goalscorer in the process.

Still only 24, Messi has notched 51 goals already this season, and the World Player of the year is 7/4 to make it 52 with the opener at the Nou Camp tonight.

Whilst it was originally thought that Messi was three short of Cesar Rodriguez’ club record haul, the club announced that his total had been revised from 235 to 232, leaving the diminutive Argentinian level with Rodrguez, a star for the Catalans back in the 1950s.

Barcelona are understandably very short at 1/14 to beat 15th-placed Granada tonight, and more value can be found in the 6/5 odds on Barcelona to win giving up a three-goal handicap.

They are 11/10 to overcome a one-goal handicap by half-time too, and considering that they have racked up 29 first half goals at home this season, conceding just twice, this price looks unmissable.

As Barca have led in 12 of their 13 home games at the break this term, it is little surprise to see them at just 1/6 to be ahead at half-time and full-time here, whilst 4/11 odds for the Catalans to score in both halves may be short, but remain appealing.

The idea of getting behind the 3/10 for Barcelona to win both halves is also an attractive proposition, despite the relative short price.

You can also get 8/13 about the home side winning to nil, and with La Liga’s worst travellers visiting the ground that Barcelona have conceded just five goals at all season, this looks nailed on.

All eyes will be on Messi however, as he aims to further cement his legacy at the Nou Camp, and the forward can also be backed to score the last goal of the game at 7/4.



John Klee