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Villa and not Messi most likely to provide Champions League refunds

| 07.11.2012

Jordi Alba broke Celtic hearts with the latest of Barcelona winners two weeks ago and if another injury-time goal is scored in the return Champions League Group G clash, punters may be entitled to a refund.

Ladbrokes will be refunding all losing first scorer bets as a free bet, should there be an injury-time goal netted at Celtic Park.

Lionel Messi will surely be the most popular option in the first scorer betting, but offers little value at 2/1.

Messi failed to score at all in Barca’s latest 3-1 La Liga success at home to Celta and has not broken the deadlock all season to date.

Therefore, punters may want to opt for a riskier option at a longer price to open the scoring, knowing they have the fall-back possibility of a refund if they are wrong.

David Villa has found the target in Barcelona’s last three games, grabbing the opener twice in this time, and is 7/1 to strike first at the Nou Camp, with Alba 14/1 to build on his goal in the return fixture.

For Celtic, Charlie Mulgrew has a dangerous left foot and may be on free-kick duties, enhancing his price of 20/1 to net a fourth goal of the campaign.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.