BARCELONA laid claim to the tag of best side on the planet with that 5-0 rout of Real Madrid on Monday – but the scoreline wasn’t the most surprising stat of the night.

Amazingly, Lionel Messi didn’t score although the little Argentine was brilliant in everything he did. Tonight Messi and co head for Osasuna and it could be messy.

Jock Wallace’s former side are unbeaten at home but no one will fancy facing Barca in this mood. Pep Guardiola’s men have a 100 per cent record on the road in La Liga with 21 goals scored and just three conceded.

The Catalans, 1-4 at Coral and Ladbrokes, could run riot again and Messi will be desperate to get on the scoresheet. He is a best 9-4 with Betfred and Ladbrokes to score first and 8-15 with Betfred to net at any time.

David Villa, who hit a double against Real, is 10-3 with bet365 to break the deadlock. Messi is 9-4 at Betfred to score two or more and Barca are 5-2 with Paddy Power to net more than four.

Osasuna have netted 11 goals in their six home matches so this could one for both to score at 7-10 with bodog.

Meanwhile, there is bound to be a reaction from Real to their tanking.

Jose Mourinho’s hurting troops tackle Valencia in what should be a Bernabeu belter. Overs on the goal market looks likely with more than 3.5 paying
6-4 at Stan James and both teams should score (8-11, Coral).

Like Messi, on-form Cristiano Ronaldo missed the target on Monday and will be looking to make amends. He is 5-2 with Ladbrokes to bag the opener.

Real are a best 4-9 with Hills with Valencia 8-1 with Coral and Chandler.

Europe hasn’t been hit as hard as the UK by the big freeze and there are big games all over the continent.

In France, joint leaders Lille should beat Lorient and are 4-7 with Betfred.

PSG were hugely impressive against Sevilla in Thursday and  are 4-6 at Coral to beat Brest at home tomorrow.


  • Real Madrid, Lille, PSG

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