Why Lionel Messi is sure to score for Barcelona against Espanyol

El Tipstro is backing Lionel Messi to score for Barcelona against Espanyol in Pep Guardiola's farewell at Camp Nou on Saturday

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Lionel Messi has netted 68 goals for Barcelona this season Photo: The Sport Review

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Pep Guardiola’s final La Liga game at Camp Nou before stepping down as Barcelona manager will be against Espanyol on Saturday, and El Tipstro is backing Lionel Messi to score at least twice in what should be an emotional occasion.

Meanwhile in Serie A, the Tipster’s European cousin is backing Juventus to extend their unbeaten run to 37 games with a win at Cagliari, before tipping both sides to score when AC Milan take on Internazionale in a tense Milan derby on Sunday night.

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Messi to score two goals or more against Espanyol – Evens

Messi has broken every record this season with his tally of 68 goals, including a hat-trick on Wednesday against Málaga. With the Argentine set to be on penalty duty and Barça keen to entertain in Guardiola’s Camp Nou farewell party, Messi to run the show again looks a good bet in this one, with the forward at Evens to score at least twice.
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Over 3.5 goals in Barcelona v Espanyol – 8/13

Barcelona’s last six games in La Liga have produced 25 goals. Furthermore, Espanyol’s last four games have seen 14 goals. Barça will be looking to give Guardiola the perfect send-off in his final home game in the league so plenty of goals looks an excellent bet in this one at 8/13.
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Juventus to win to nil against Cagliari – 5/6

Juventus have won three of their last four games without conceding, including their last two away games. With the Serie A title going right to the wire, the Old Lady will be keen to get back on track, while Cagliari look to be safe with six-point gap between them and the relegation zone, leaving them with little left to play for. So Juve to win to nil looks an excellent bet in this one at 5/6.
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Both sides to score in AC Milan v Internazionale – 8/11

Inter and Milan have different motivations ahead of Sunday’s derby but both are desperate for the win. Milan are a point behind Juve at the top, while Inter are three points adrift of Napoli in the race for the final Champions League spot. Both sides have scored in six of Inter’s last seven matches and both teams have scored in five out of Milan’s last eight games. So both Inter and Milan to score looks a good bet in this one at 8/11.
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The long shot: Ibrahimović to score first and Milan to win – 4/1

Inter have home “advantage” on Sunday night but AC Milan won’t be concerned as they have won six of their last seven away games in Serie A. Zlatan Ibrahimović is AC Milan’s top scorer with 26 goals, including a brace in his last away game at Siena. So El Tipstro’s long-range effort for this edition is for Ibrahimović to score first and Milan to win at a very tempting 4/1.
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Top European games to watch live on bet365 for free this weekend

Saturday 5 May 2012
Roma v Catania (1945UK)
Granada v Real Madrid (2000UK)
Barcelona v Espanyol (2000UK)

Sunday 6 May 2012
Siena v Parma (1130UK)
Bologna v Napoli (1400UK)
Cagliari v Juventus (1945UK)
Internazionale v AC Milan (1945UK)

Watch the Milan derby plus La Liga and Serie A games live: Open an account at bet365, and stream a host of games from the top European leagues free and legally. Find out more here.

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