Fresh superlatives to describe Lionel Messi may be in short supply, but never mind that, all you need to know is that the Argentine is the most prolific man in Clasico history ahead of the Copa del Rey final between Barcelona and Real Madrid.
A hat-trick in the latest Clasico instalment between the grand old rivals in La Liga took Messi to 21 goals in the most famous fixture in club football. Not bad.
For these reasons, punters tuning in to Sky Sports’ headline showing from Valencia’s Mestalla stadium looking to make a buck should be thrilled by Ladbrokes’ offer on the game.
If Messi scores the opening goal in the Copa del Rey showpiece then the firm will refund all losing first goalscorer, correct score and scorecast bets as a free bet up to £25! For full T&Cs click here.
Therefore, this represents a smashing opportunity to have a crack at any of the above mentioned markets, starting with selecting another potential deadlock breaker.
First goalscorer: Gareth Bale to score first @ 6/1
In the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, Real must look to others for inspiration and not doing a bad job of late is Gareth Bale.
The Welshman has hit his best goal-scoring form of the season, bagging five in his last five outings and is the best price of any of the other usual suspects including Neymar.
Correct Score: 2-1 to Real Madrid @ 10/1
Although Barca have edged both La Liga meetings this season, they arrive in a horrible moment having suffered successive defeats.
Real, on the other hand, have won four of their last five games and 2-1 to either side is the most prevalent scoreline in the last 14 meetings.
Scorecast: Benzema/Real to win 3/2 @ 66/1
With the security of Messi potentially messing everything up by scoring first, why not stick your neck out and plump for Karim Benzema to bag the opener in another ding-dong battle.
The Frenchman has grabbed three of Los Blancos’ last six goals against the old foe and is certainly due one after a six-game gap.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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