Manchester United vs Barcelona Champions League Betting Tips: Lionel Messi Special

Manchester United vs Barcelona Champions League Betting Tips: Lionel Messi Special

Manchester United take on Catalonian behemoths Barcelona under the lights at Old Trafford tonight, in what promises to be a white-knuckle continental Champions League Quarter Final 1st leg tussle.

To have any chance of progressing past Barca into the competition’s Semi Finals, United must find a way to limit the impact of the incomparable Lionel Messi, though the razer from Rosario has built a career on demolishing dreams.

The Argentine artiste doesn’t tend to paint by numbers, yet Messi’s abstract genius is reflected in a long list of startling Champions League statistics.

The 31-year old is the second highest top scorer in Champions League history with 108 goals, and Messi ranks 3rd in the all-time assists stakes with 29.

Remarkably, Messi has scored 22 Champions League goals in 30 appearances against English teams – more than any other player in the history of the competition.

However, ahead of tonight’s contest, Messi has failed to score in any of his last 11 Champions League quarter-final appearances for Barcelona, since netting against PSG all the way back in April 2013.

Messi will be desperate to set that record straight at Old Trafford, and the Argentinean international’s influence will almost certainly be heavily felt in Manchester this evening.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the betting markets where Messi could make his presence felt.

Read our comprehensive Man Utd vs Barcelona match preview for more predictions and betting tips here.

Lionel Messi to score anytime – 5/6

It’s unusual to see Lionel Messi priced at close to even money to score anytime in a particular fixture, though you can still grab him at 5/6 with bet365 to register any time against United tonight.

With 8 goals, Messi is the Champions League’s joint top scorer this season alongside Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, and the diminutive winger will back himself to find the net against a United defence that has kept only 3 clean sheets in 8 continental contests so far this term.

Messi is also available at a generous looking 15/4 with bet365 to score 2 or more goals at Old Trafford this evening. Barca’s perennial match-winner has scored 2 or more goals on an scarcely believable 30 separate occasions in the Champions League since making his debut in 2004.

Messi has already scored 2 or more goals in 3 separate games in this year’s tournament. He registered twice against Lyon and Tottenham, and 3 times against PSV.