Barcelona host city rivals Espanyol in this evening’s (May 8th) La Liga fixture knowing a win would mean they could lift the trophy in their next match.
Pep Guardiola’s side are five points clear of Real Madrid with a game in hand and know that seeing off Los Periquitos would mean they need just one point from their final three games.
However, after a tough 1-1 draw with their main rivals in the Champions League semi-final second leg in midweek, the Catalan giants may be slightly leg-weary.
This could give Mauricio Pochettino’s men a chance to record a famous victory and, at 11/1 on bwin.com, they are not a bad shout for a sneaky win.
At these odds, a successful £10 bet would return £120 – which could prove to be a good wager if Barca take their foot off the gas or get complacent with one eye on the Champions League final against Manchester United.
Those who fancy the home side to pick up an important three points and keep up the momentum that has carried them to within touching distance of La Liga silverware will see a return of £11.80 on a £10 bet, with Barcelona the clear 9/50 favourites.
However, combining this with a wager on the prolific Lionel Messi to score the first goal of the game would return £32.45 at multi-bet odds of 9/4.
The little Argentine has notched a massive 31 league goals this season, not to mention an amazing 11 Champions League strikes, which means he is 7/4 favourite to open the scoring tonight.
Other first scorer bets include David Villa at 2/1, Andres Iniesta at 6/1 and pass master Xavi at 9/1, meaning a £10 stake on each of these stars would return £30, £70 and £100 respectively if correct.
As far as the visitors are concerned, Ivan Alonso is priced at 7/1, while bwin offers football betting odds of 8/1 on his team-mate Pablo Daniel Osvaldo.
Of course, there is a chance that Guardiola’s side could go out and thrash Espanyol, with a 4-0 win priced at 33/4.
A successful £10 bet on such a scoreline would return £92.50, while a similar correct wager on a 4-2 home win would return £360 at bwin’s football betting odds of 35/1.
A winning £10 bet on Barcelona and Espanyol to draw would return £67.50. New customers can register here to receive a £25 free bet.