Mata can punish champions of his native Spain to please punters

European champions Barcelona travel to Stamford Bridge tonight, and the attacking threats within the visitors’ ranks have led to Chelsea’s Juan Mata being attributed a 7/2 price to score at any time.

Mata has had a tremendous first season in English football, yet his best performances for the Blues have perhaps been reserved for the Champions League competition he will perform in tonight.

The summer arrival notched a vital goal in the first leg of Chelsea’s last 16 clash with Napoli, and he is a tempting 12/1 shot to get the opener tonight against a club that is rumoured to covet his services.

Although that price is as lengthy as you are ever likely to see the winger at, it could be worth investing in other options in the knowledge that losing first scorer bets will be refunded if Mata notches at any time.

Therefore, it seems as good a time as any to capitalise on 5/2 odds about 63-goal Lionel Messi breaking the deadlock, whilst Andres Iniesta, who scored on his last visit to Stamford Bridge, is an 11/1 chance to score first here too.