Barcelona-Getafe Betting Preview: Back the Catalans to triumph in both halves

Our man in Spain, Phil Kitromilides, believes there is value in backing Barca to win both halves against an out of sorts Getafe
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 this 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 they have little chance of lifting this trophy.

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

This 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 form losing four of their last five league games and the Azulones will be infinitely more concerned with this weekend's upcoming Liga derby with Rayo Vallecano.

Geta lost both halves at Sevilla at the weekend, 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 this looks like a decent selection.

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

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