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Our La Liga expert Phil Kitromilides believes the price of 7/2 (4.50) for the midfielder to get on the score-sheet is an excellent option the game at the Vicente Calderon

On Wednesday evening Atletico Madrid are expected to have to do something that they just about managed at the weekend - get a result without top scorer Diego Costa.

Saturday saw them overcome Villarreal 1-0 at the Vicente Calderon thanks to an early Raul Garcia goal and the midfielder's return to the side from a European suspension for the second leg of this evening's clash with Barcelona may just possibly lessen the likely blow of losing Costa to injury.

It is hard exactly to pinpoint the exact moment of Raul Garcia's metamorphosis from slightly immobile deep-lying midfielder to prolific, attack-minded goal-machine.

But the former Osasuna man has without doubt become the latter and in doing so has turned himsefl into an integral part of Diego Simeone's team.

He is what the Spanish call a "llegador", literally an "arriver", someone who times his runs into the box perfectly and seems constantly to be in the right place at the right time.

Seventeen goals in all competitions this season is a testament to that ability, and Garcia is offered at 7/2 (4.50) with bet365 to score at any time at the Calderon.

Though David Villa is likely to be the main striker for Atletico against former club Barca and can be backed at 15/8 (2.87) to find the back of the net, Garcia is more of a threat and is much better value.

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Raul Garcia to score at any time at 7/2 (4.50) for a 1.0pt stake with bet365

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