Fresh from their Clasico success Barcelona turn up to play Celta Vigo and Lionel Messi is in something of a crisis by his standards having scored just once in his last three outings.
Backing him to put that right by opening the scoring in Galicia at 6/4 is all the more attractive for bwin account holders with the bookmaker doubling or tripling your payout odds if he goes on to strike two or three goals in the match.
Messi has scored Barca’s first goal in three of the four away matches he’s started this season.
In the absence of the diminutive world-beater the Catalans have scored just two goals in three road games this term making his status as away locksmith unimpeachable.
Each of those strikes came before the 24th minute had ticked into being and two of them were their particular match’s first goal by either side.
The rampager from Rosario hasn’t gone six outings without bagging two goals or more since December 2011.
Unfortunately for Luis Enrique’s men they will be the seventh side Messi has faced since he last helped himself to more than one strike with a hat-trick on a Champions League Amsterdam mini-break.
If anyone is likely to double or triple-up for the visitors it’s the main man, with the out-of-sorts Pedro (who is far from guaranteed to start) and Alexis Sanchez the only other Barca players to strike more than once in a domestic game this season.
Barcelona’s Argentinean false-nine has already grabbed three multi-goal payloads from 12 appearances in 2013/14 in spite of his injury problems.
Celta have kept just two clean sheets in ten games under the tutelage of former Blaugrana star Enrique.
Barcelona came to Balaidos and scored twice last season with Messi getting the winner and a shock 5-0 home victory over Malaga can’t disguise the fact that Os Celestes have remained fairly penetrable under the former Barcelona B boss since his summer arrival.
Of the three members of the Primera Division’s lowest scoring quintet Celta have so far come up against, Real Betis, Elche and Granada were all afforded the kindness of a goal to help them on their travels.