Villa and not Messi most likely to provide Champions League refunds

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Jordi Alba broke Celtic hearts with the latest of Barcelona winners two weeks ago and if another injury-time goal is scored in the return Champions League Group G clash, punters may be entitled to a refund.

Ladbrokes will be refunding all losing first scorer bets as a free bet, should there be an injury-time goal netted at Celtic Park.

Lionel Messi will surely be the most popular option in the first scorer betting, but offers little value at 2/1.

Messi failed to score at all in Barca’s latest 3-1 La Liga success at home to Celta and has not broken the deadlock all season to date.

Therefore, punters may want to opt for a riskier option at a longer price to open the scoring, knowing they have the fall-back possibility of a refund if they are wrong.

David Villa has found the target in Barcelona’s last three games, grabbing the opener twice in this time, and is 7/1 to strike first at the Nou Camp, with Alba 14/1 to build on his goal in the return fixture.

For Celtic, Charlie Mulgrew has a dangerous left foot and may be on free-kick duties, enhancing his price of 20/1 to net a fourth goal of the campaign.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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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.