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Our man in Spain, Phil Kitromilides, believes that there is value in backing the Blaugrana to dominate throughout the game against an out-of-sorts visiting side

Lionel Messi is expected to make his long-awaited return from injury on Wednesday evening as Barcelona host Getafe in the first leg of their last-16 Copa del Rey tie.

Despite missing their star player for the best part of two months, Barca have coped admirably, with the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Pedro chipping in with a healthy amount of goals.

The Catalans are offered at 1/8 (1.12) with bet365 to record a first-leg win over the side from the Spanish capital, while the visitors are available at an optimistic 18/1 (19.00).

Yet, given what we have seen in recent weeks, there is no reason to oppose Tata Martino's men and even less so against a Getafe side who will realistically realise that they have little chance of lifting this trophy.

In a curious quirk, these two sides met just two weeks previously in La Liga and, while Geta gave the champions a scare by taking a 2-0 lead, Barca ultimately ended up winning comfortably 5-2.

Wednesday evening's encounter should be more straightforward at the Camp Nou, where the price of 4/5 (1.80) for Barca to win both halves is certainly eye-catching.

Getafe are badly out of form, losing four of their last five league games, and Los Azulones will be infinitely more concerned with their upcoming Primera Division derby with Rayo Vallecano.

Geta lost both halves at Sevilla in their last league game, while this bet has paid out in nine of Barca's home matches this season, including in five of their last six at the Camp Nou. The price could conceivably be a little shorter, given the disparity in quality likely to be on display, meaning that this looks like a decent selection.

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Barcelona to win both halves at 4/5 (1.80) for 2.5pts with bet365

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