Barcelona v Atletico Madrid Betting Special: Messi can lead the way for Enrique's men

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Having been given reduced roles in the weekend La Liga victory, our tipster expects the Catalans' leading men to lead from the front at the Camp Nou

A goal each from Barcelona's two top scorers this season in last week's first leg has put the Catalans in a strong position to reach the final of the Copa del Rey.

At the Estadio Vicente Calderon we tipped Luis Suarez to score at anytime and the Uruguayan duly obliged by opening the scoring, quickly followed by a stunning strike from Lionel Messi.

These two players account for well over half of Barca's league goals this season, and with Neymar seemingly content to play the role of assist provider, 'MSN' are working well for Luis Enrique.

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Paddy Power offer Barca's two main forwards as the shortest priced players to net at the Camp Nou on Tuesday, with both Suarez and Messi offered at 5/6 (1.83) to score at anytime and at 16/5 (4.20) to open the scoring. Neymar is priced at 5/4 (2.25) to make his mark on the semi-final second leg.

With Suarez rested entirely for Saturday's league win over Athletic Bilbao and Messi subsituted after an hour, both players will be raring to go and there will be plenty of interest in backing them to continuing their impressive respective scoring runs.

For Atletico, the 2-1 first-leg defeat means they head to the Camp Nou knowing they must score at least twice, something they have not managed in their last 11 visits to the Catalan capital in all competitions. On Saturday, Fernando Torres was the matchwinner for Los Rojiblancos, with the former Liverpool forward scoring his second brace of the season to help sink Leganes 2-0 at the Calderon.

Whether that performance is enough to earn a place in the starting line up at the Camp Nou remains to be seen, with Torres priced at 3/1 (4.00) to score anytime here.


Unsurprinsingly, it was Antoine Griezmann who got Atletico back in the tie last week with a second-half headed goal, but the Frenchman spurned a glorious chance to level things up shortly after. The 24-year-old remains the likeliest source of a goal for the visitors and can be backed at 2/1 (3.00) to add to the six he as netted since the turn of the year.

Elsewhere, out-of-favour French forward Kevin Gameiro is offered at 11/4 (3.75), with out-of-form Belgian wideman Yannick Ferreira Carrasco priced at 7/2 (4.50) to score his first goal since November.

Those looking for a value bet might be interested in the price of 9/2 (5.50) for Dennis Suarez to score at anytime, with the youth academy product finding the back of the net in Barca's last cup game at the Camp Nou. 

Lionel Messi to score first at 16/5 (4.20) for a 1pt stake with Paddy Power