October has been a strange month in La Liga, with Levante’s absurdly unexpected winning streak leaving them unbeaten, top of the table and looking down disbelievingly on a division where almost every other team has more money, support and aspirations.
Perhaps the side from Valencia’s outlandish gate-crashing of the Barca/Madrid duopoly at the top has unnerved the Catalans as they have been strangely reticent over the last few weeks; in their four league matches this month, they have scored only five goals and were held to a scoreless draw in their last home encounter by Sevilla.
However, rather than a preoccupation with Levante’s historic run, a more likely explanation for Barcelona’s restraint would be injuries, with Iniesta, Fabregas, Sanchez, Pique and Puyol among their highest profile absentees in recent games.
Yet the arrival of Mallorca to the Camp Nou will give the Catalans the perfect opportunity to get back to winning in the manner to which they have been accustomed – with ease, with style and with goals.
A home victory on Saturday night is priced at 7/100, while the draw is available at 19/2, and the unlikeliest of away wins can be backed at 25/1.
Sometimes it is a quiet week in the world of journalism, we can all understand that. But the salacious desperation to fill column inches can be no justification for some of the stories written this week in which Cesc Fabregas “backed Leo Messi to return to scoring ways”.
Talk about looking for a story where there is not one: Messi has scored ten goals in eight league games this season including two sensational hat-tricks.
The laughable notion of some sort of goal drought presumably stems from him missing a penalty last week against Sevilla then failing to score against Granada this week. Ridiculous. Cesc is correct though with his insightful assertion that Leo will get back to scoring ways, and you should back him at 17/10 to get two or more against Mallorca.
A successful £25 free bet on Messi to score two or more against Mallorca would return £67.50, with the free bet available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.
Expect a bright start from Pep Guardiola’s men on Saturday night. They have been either 2-0 or 3-0 up at half time in four of their five home matches this season.
Couple this with the fact that Mallorca’s deficiencies saw them end last season with the second worst away defensive record of any of the teams that avoided relegation, and the 29/10 offered for Barca to score three or more in the first half looks hard to refuse.
Also exceedingly tempting is the double for Barca to win and there to be more than 3.5 goals in the game which is available at 3/4, and although it may be odds on, there is little to suggest that this will not be another routine, goal-laden home win for the champions.
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