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Messi and Costa boosted to score first in La Liga title match

| 16.05.2014

What a day for football across the continent as Arsenal and Hull tussle for 2013/14’s final piece of domestic silverware at Wembley, while down in sunny Spain, Barcelona face Atletico Madrid in a unique winner-takes-all La Liga title match at the Camp Nou.

Of course, Ladbrokes couldn’t let these two monumental occasions pass without drawing up a list of special bets to accompany the two 17:00 Saturday kick-offs.

Firstly over in Barcelona, where only three points for Gerardo Martino’s side will be enough to retain their Spanish crown, their talisman is boosted to grab the game’s opening goal.

Having just signed a new deal for the Catalan giants, Lionel Messi can write himself even deeper into Barcelona folklore by helping his side come out victorious against Atletico, where the Argentine magician can be backed at 7/2 to break the deadlock – out from 5/2.

Lining up against him for Atletico, Diego Costa has proved an absolute goal-scoring revelation to rival Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo this season, having plundered 35 goals in just 42 appearances.

Having been forced to miss their Malaga disappointment with a hamstring strain, Costa is fit again to start and is a hugely appetising 8/1 to score first, boosted from 6/1.

Meanwhile, the bookies offer 4/1 on Barcelona to win in a game where both teams score and 6/4 – out from 5/4 – that Arsenal lift the FA Cup and the Catalans retain their title.

Messi and Arsenal top scorer Olivier Giroud to notch in these parallel fixtures has been bumped up to 3/ from 2/1, while the duo open the scoring in their respective matches is a 25/1 chance.

Ladbrokes latest betting:

Lionel Messi to score first was 5/2 now 7/2
Diego Costa to score first was 6/1 now 8/1
Barcelona to win and both teams to score was 11/4 now 4/1
Arsenal to win the FA Cup and Barcelona to win La Liga was 5/4 now 6/4
Messi and Giroud both to score today was 2/1 now 3/1
Messi and Giroud both to score first today was 16/1 now 25/1
Fabregas to score at anytime and Arsenal to win the FA Cup was 9/2 now 6/1
Arsenal, Hull, Barcelona and Atl Madrid – all to score in 90 minutes was 5/2 now 3/1

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

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Christian Crowther

Give Christian a sport with anything remotely spherical in it and he’ll happily while away the hours watching it on the box. However, he’d much prefer writing about, playing or betting on golf, football, cricket, tennis, snooker.... you get the picture.