Few things are guaranteed in football but the closest thing to a certainty is that goals will be scored when Lionel Messi is on the pitch.
Ladbrokes is all too aware of the Argentine’s phenomenal attacking presence but that hasn’t stopped them blowing other bookies out of the water with a whooping Price Boost on the Barca man to score first in La Albiceleste’s second round tie with Switzerland tonight.
The diminutive forward’s goal tally is updated almost as regularly as time itself but for those that need reminding, Messi has smashed 354 goals in his 425 games for Barcelona and 42 in just 89 international appearances including 42 in 40 matches for club and country this term.
A whopping 13 of those 42 have come first in games, including all three of Argentina’s matches at the World Cup so far.
With the price being boosted from 5/2 to 3/1, Messi bagging a hat-trick last time he faced Switzerland and Ladbrokes imposing no maximum bet on this offer there’s never been a better time to cash in on the Messi magic.
In the other of tonight’s World Cup games, Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku will hope to be for his side what Messi has been for Argentina – the driving force behind a win.
The Chelsea man may not live up to his Barca counterpart’s strike ratio but his own stats show he is no slouch in front of goal.
While he is yet to score for Chelsea his 16 goals in 33 games for Everton and 17 in 38 for West Brom prove he is one of the Premier League most effective strikers when at the top of his game.
Lukaku has netted 18 times in his last 40 games for club and country, with five of those strikes opening the scoring.
Ladbrokes have boosted the Red Devils strike ace from 5/1 to 6/1 to net first against the USA and no one looks more likely than the 21-year-old to get things underway in Salvador.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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