Barcelona can book their place in the last-sixteen of the Champions League with victory over Spartak Moscow at the Luzhniki Stadium on Tuesday evening. The Spanish giants currently top Group G, despite being humbled 2-1 by Celtic last time out, and they go in as odds on favourites with the bookmakers for match-day five.
Barca are currently 1/3 on to win the match with Coral and they could even qualify for the knockout stages if Benfica fail to beat Celtic in the group's other match on Tuesday. Tito Villanova will be going all out for the win though and their task is made easier by the news that Spartak are ravaged by injuries.
Spartak manager Unai Emery has a real selection dilemma as he is likely to be without three of his goalkeepers - Andriy Dikan, Sergei Posyakov and Artem Rebra - as well as Welliton, Aiden McGeady, Diniyar Bilyaletdinov, Sergei Parshivlyuk and Artem Dzyuba. It leaves them with real gaps to fill and it is no surprise to see they are 6/1 to win the match and 10/3 to draw.
The match looks to have the potential for plenty of goals and over 3.5 goals can be backed at 5/4, while Barca to score over 2.5 goals is an 11/10 punt. Barca have scored at least two goals in 12 of their last 13 outings but for all of Barca's obvious attacking talent they lack a bit of nous at the back and Spartak, who are fifth in the Russian League, can nick a goal. Dmitri Kombarov has been in fine form for them of late, scoring three goals in his last four, and he is 15/2 to score anytime in this Spartak v Barcelona fixture.
Spartak showed off their attacking talents when they went down 3-2 to Barcelona at the Nou Camp but Lionel Messi stole the show with a brace. Messi, who scored two in the 3-1 win over Zaragoza which ensured the Catalan club remain top of La Liga at the weekend, has now scored five in his last three outings and he has 78 goals in the calendar year - just seven behind the record set by Gerd Muller.
Messi could move closer to Muller's record this week with a few goals and he is 9/4 to score first and a best price 10/1 to score a hat-trick in the latest betting with Coral. Barcelona, who have lost just two of their last 22 Champions League outings, could run riot against an injury-hit Spartak and they will look to move comfortably into the last-sixteen, with manager Villanova set to have the luxury of picking his first choice centre backs as Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique are fit once more.
Spartak Moscow v Barcelona Form
Check the season's statistics for both Spartak Moscow and Barcelona, plus the odds ahead of Tuesday's match.
Spartak Moscow v Barcelona Tips
Tip #1: Lionel Messi to score a hat trick @ 10/1 with Coral.
Tip #2: Dmitri Kombarov to score anytime @ 15/2 with Coral.
Tip #3: Over 3.5 goals @ 5/4 with Coral.
6/1 Spartak Moscow
Correct Score Odds
33/1 Spartak Moscow 1-0
66/1 Spartak Moscow 2-0
25/1 Spartak Moscow 2-1
16/1 Draw 0-0
17/2 Draw 1-1
16/1 Draw 2-2
7/1 Barcelona 1-0
6/1 Barcelona 2-0
7/1 Barcelona 2-1
First Goalscorer Odds
9/4 Lionel Messi
4/1 David Villa
6/1 Cesc Fabregas
7/1 Cristian Tello
8/1 Emmanuel Emenike
8/1 No Goalscorer
9/1 Andres Iniesta
10/1 Isaac Cuenca
Odds supplied by Coral.com, who offer live betting in-running for all Champions League matches.
|Diego Costa heads the first scorer betting for Stoke v Chelsea clash|
Blues Are Odds On For Victory At The Britannia
|Athletic Bilbao v Atletico Madrid Odds Back both teams to score at the San Mames|
Atletico Favourites For The Win
|Elche v Malaga Odds Back visitors to continue fine La Liga form|
Santa Cruz Tipped To Score
|Inter Milan v Lazio Odds Score Draw Can Pay for Christmas Presents|
Roberto Mancini In Need Of A Home Win On Sunday Night
|Bordeaux v Lyon Odds Goals expected in Ligue 1 clash on Sunday|
Hosts Are Unbeaten In 12 League Games At Home
|Hertha Berlin v Hoffenheim Odds Match betting is tight for live Bundesliga clash|
Hoffenheim Have Conceded 18 Goals In 7 Games
|Back both teams to score in Liverpool v Arsenal match at Anfield|
Get A Free In Play Bet When You Place A Pre Match Bet
|Draw tipped for Sundays North East derby between Newcastle and Sunderland|
Sunderland Have Drawn 10 Of 16 League Games
|Final Bundesliga treble of 2014 features wins for Leverkusen Schalke and Wolfsburg|
Wolfsburg Tipped To Win Saturday Evening's Live Game
|Eibar v Valencia Odds Paco Alcacer tipped to score for visitors|
Los Che Favourites
|West Ham V Stoke Odds Hammers Favourites In The Latest Match Betting|
Tempting odds for first goal to be scored with a header
|Fulham V Sunderland Odds Berbatov Dominates The Goalscorer Betting Markets|
Fulham odds on to neuter Black Cats
|Millwall V Leeds Odds Lions Odds On Favourites To Pile More Misery On Leeds|
Back Liam Trotter to score anytime
|Reading V Everton Odds Fellaini Can Grab Another Goal At The Madejski|
Could Everton come from behind for the seventh match in a row?
|QPR V Southampton Odds Cisse Can Fire Rangers To A Crucial Win|
Both managers under huge pressure at Loftus Road
|Diego Costa Heads The First Scorer Betting For Stoke V Chelsea Clash|
Blues Are Odds On For Victory At The Britannia
Betfred are amazingly offering double odds on your first bet with them, up to a stake unit of £10. In addition to this you can also claim a £25 free bet.
Open Account - Free £25 Bet With Betfred
Ladbrokes are one of the highest rated online bookmakers in the UK and are a superb choice for placing your bets. You can claim a free bet of up to £100 when opening a new account with Ladbrokes by clicking on one of the links on this site.
Bet £5 or more and Ladbrokes will match this with a free bet to the same stake unit.
Open Account - £100 Free Bet - Ladbrokes
Those looking for some online casino entertainment ought to check out all the latest UK Casino Sign Up offers from the top operators including 32Red and many of the sports betting casinos.
There is excellent information, should you be interested in playing online blackjack, roulette, the best progressives or slots - Online Casino Betting with the best introductory offers