Poor old Lionel Messi, if you don’t score a goal for three games rumours begin to abound as to your health, sanity and whether or not control of your body has been assumed by shape-shifting lizards from another dimension.
Luckily for the mighty munchkin the visit of AC Milan offers him the perfect pill for his recent impotence and he can backed at the normally unthinkable price of 9/20 to bag at Camp Nou.
Messi hasn’t gone four Barcelona matches without a goal to celebrate since May 2011.
It may seem like the Rosario wrecking ball has been redefining the feats of goalscoring thought humanly possible for donkey’s years, so long is the shadow he casts over the game.
However only in the last three campaigns has he managed to start more than 27 fixtures.
It was in the first such full-size season that he last went four outings without scoring, doing so on two occasions in back 2010/11.
Milan have allowed the Argentinian six goals in the seven games in which they’ve faced him.
The Milanese have proved just the kind of salami the 26-year-old likes to snack on in Champions League battle over the last couple of campaigns, during which he’s met them a whopping seven times.
Massimiliano Allegri’s side have paid particular homage to the maestro on their trips to Catalunya, where he’s posted consecutive twosomes against them and his last goal in red and blue came at San Siro four games ago.
The Rossoneri have given up at least one strike in all seven of their road games this term.
Local housewives have long since stopped hanging their washing out to dry on the back of Christian Abbiati’s goal net and wisely so as it’s been shaken twice or more in five of Milan’s last six awaydays.
Meanwhile although they have been adept at limiting Barca’s attacking proclivities in Italy they displayed no such similar impenetrability on their visits to Camp Nou over the past two seasons, allowing Los Blaugrana a total of nine goals in three games.