Barcelona’s best boosted during Arsenal v Villa FA Cup final

It’s time for another Ladbrokes In-Play Super Boost, with English and Spanish football fans tailing off for the season, but not before domestic cup action over the weekend.

Arsenal take on Aston Villa in the FA Cup final at Wembley, with the Gunners solid favourites at 3/10 to lift the trophy for the second year running, while Tim Sherwood’s side get a 5/2 quote for a shock triumph.

Shortly afterwards, the Copa del Rey final takes place a few hundred miles south at the Camp Nou, oddly enough considering Barcelona practically play host to Athletic Bilbao.

Under the circumstances, with Barcelona chasing a Champions League and La Liga encapsulating treble, the 1/10 about Barca lifting the trophy doesn’t look bad, but there’s a much better way of making money from this clash.

Lionel Messi to score anytime in the Copa Del Rey final is priced up at 1/2 with Ladbrokes, but will be inverted to 2/1 from kick-off until the first goal in the FA Cup Final.

How good a bet this is hardly needs saying; Messi has bagged a monumental haul of 410 goals in 480 senior games for Barcelona, and has six in his past four fixtures at Los Blaugrana headquarters.

The 27-year-old Argentine wizard has also notched once in each of his three Copa del Rey appearances at the Camp Nou this term, so 2/1 on Messi managing just one more is unmissable. You can have up to £10 on it.

Best to get a hurry on once Arsenal v Aston Villa kick off though, as James Chester opened the scoring for Hull against the Gunners 12 months ago and Curtis Davies made it 2-0 shortly afterwards, before Arsene Wenger’s men rallied to claim the trophy in extra-time.

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Iain Houten

Iain has been contributing pieces to various websites on an array of subjects, including sports, politics and art, for over four years. Despite blue being his favourite colour, the teams he supports all wear red.