iBet: The question is not whether they will win, but how many goals Barcelona will put past Celtic
Barcelona v Celtic, kick off 7.45pm, Sky Sports 2
Back over 3.5 goals at 5/4 with Betfair
Barcelona could probably have a player sent off and still beat Celtic at the Nou Camp, and the only question really has to be how many they will win by. The Scottish Premier leaders brought an end to an atrocious record of 20 consecutive games without an away victory in Europe with their 3-2 win in Moscow in the last round, a result which was helped greatly by a 63rd minute red card for Spartak’s Juan Insaurralde. One interesting dynamic here is that injuries to key defenders have certainly disrupted Barcelona’s back line, and despite remaining unbeaten on the domestic front, they have still shipped 11 goals in eight games. That included letting in four at the weekend against Deportivo, but they still managed to win 5-4, thanks to another Lionel Messi hat-trick. Barcelona’s league games are averaging 4.3 goals and their only home game in Group G so far resulted in a 3-2 win against Spartak Moscow, which once again shows their strengths and potentially vulnerability at the back this season. Celtic might as well have a go – their qualification or otherwise will not be decided by this game. There should be goals.
Messi already has 11 league goals to his name this season after eight games and is 15/8 with Blue Square to score first tonight, and 5/1 with Paddy Power and Stan James to notch a hat-trick.
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