Lionel Messi’s dazzling skills will not be gracing the Parkhead pitch when Barcelona visit Celtic for their Champions League Group H tie and the Argentinean’s injury opens up the market for first goalscorer in Glasgow.
Barca are 9/25 to make it two wins out of two in Europe this term, with the Bhoys at 15/2 to beat the La Liga champions at home for the second year in a row and the draw is 18/5.
Four-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi has broken the deadlock in three of Los Blaugranas’ last six games, but in his absence fellow forward Pedro can ruin Celtic’s evening by bagging the opener at odds of 19/4.
The 26-year-old struck first recently against Rayo Vallecano on his way to a three-goal haul
bwin will double or treble the odds accordingly if your winning first goalscorer or any time goalscorer punt goes on to grab a brace or a hat-trick and with Pedro’s recent record of scoring in bunches this offer has an excellent chance of landing.
The forward doubled up in his team’s 7-0 win against Levante and has managed more than one goal in a match on eight different occasions for Barca since the start of the 2010/11 season.
La Seleccion regular Pedro is Barca’s leading scorer bar Messi this season
Five goals domestically so far in this campaign put Pedro just three behind La Liga joint-top scorer Messi and the Spain international has started one fewer game.
No Barca player has managed even half that tally in all competitions this term and Pedro has also scored five goals in his last eight competitive games for his country, which includes a hat-trick away to Belarus last year.
Market leader Neymar has yet to find his shooting boots at the Camp Nou
After sitting out his new side’s win at Almeria the £50m Brazilian wonderkid is expected to come in for Messi against the Hoops and is favourite at 3/1 to open the scoring.
However, Neymar has only scored once in his seven appearances so far for Barca, but has laid on five assists for his teammates during his brief time at the club and Pedro can take advantage of the 21-year-old’s selflessness by striking first in this tie.