If the Argentina international scores last, the bookmaker will refund losing first and last goalscorer, correct score and scorecast bets. With six league goals to his name already, there's a good chance that punters could benefit from his impressive form in front of goal.
The Catalan giants have been in fine form, winning all six of their league games so far and they are priced at 5/6 (1.83) with Paddy Power.
Real Madrid stuttered initially but have started to put on the kind of performances that saw them claim the title last season. The visitors are available at 3/1 (4.0) to close the gap on their rivals while the draw is an 11/4 (3.75) shot.
Two familiar names dominate the first goalscorer market. Messi is an industry best 7/2 (4.50) with Paddy Power to break the deadlock, while Cristiano Ronaldo, fresh from a midweek hat trick against Ajax, is a tempting 9/2 (5.50) chance to be the first name on the scoresheet.
David Villa's return to fitness will be a welcome boost for Tito Vilanova and he is at 13/2 (7.5) to score the opening goal on Sunday evening. The last time these two teams met, Gonzalo Higuain got Madrid off to a flying start after just 11 minutes and he is available at 8/1 (9.0) with Paddy Power to strike first.
Another 2-1 victory for the visitors is an 11/1 (12.0) shot while Barcelona are 7/1 (8.0) to record a win by the same scoreline and stretch their lead to 11 points.
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Jim Knight is Betting Editor at Goal.com and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast
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