The Safety Net: Barcelona to blitz past defensive-minded Milan

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Although AC Milan remain one of the biggest names in Europe, there appears nothing they can do to stop Barcelona starting their Champions League defence with a victory.

The safety net bet started the week in devastating fashion yesterday as Malaga were more than comfortable in beating Granada 4-0 in La Liga to take our bank balance up to £469.

Barcelona may have suffered a La Liga hiccup when being held by Real Sociedad in their latest outing, but with Andres Iniesta, David Villa and most importantly Lionel Messi all set to return, they should have no problem returning to winning ways.

Milan have failed to score in their last three European fixtures and their hopes of leaving the Nou Camp with a result have been hit by a muscle injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which rules him out of facing his former club.

Meanwhile, the reigning Serie A champions looked to have some big problems in their opening league game of the season against Lazio, which Barcelona will be quick to expose.

Alessandro Nesta is only getting slower and coping with the speed and movement of Messi and co could prove troublesome, while they will lose creativity if deciding to drop Alberto Aquailani to incorporate the more defensive-minded Antonio Nocerino.

Milan are almost certain to start with Alexandre Pato as a lone striker, but aside from him, Massimiliano Allegri is likely to pick a side who have better defensive attributes than attacking ones.

Playing for a goalless draw at the Nou Camp is a dangerous strategy and with Barcelona having an embarrassment of attacking riches, they should break through at some point in the 90 minutes.

Barcelona’s odds are 1/4 to beat AC Milan and so we will stake £80 on this result to fulfil our daily aim of making £20.

Current Status
Bank: £469
Today’s stake: £80
Best case scenario: £489
Worst case scenario: £389

Last Safety Net bet: Malaga to beat Granada @ 4/9

Wealth warning: although we are confident the safety net bet’s strategy will be profitable over a period of time, the nature of sport means we cannot guarantee you will win every single time.

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Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.