Messi Dominates on UCL Goalscorer Odds
- Updated: February 14, 2017
After dominating in the early stages of this year’s Champions League with 10 goals scored in his first five appearances, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi leads his side into the knockout stage as a heavy -700 favorite to claim top goalscorer honors for an incredible sixth time.
Messi opened his Champions League campaign with hat tricks in his first two appearances, powering Barca to lopsided clean sheet wins over Celtic and Manchester City during the group stage.
The 29-year-old has also dominated in La Liga action, scoring 17 goals in 19 appearances, including at least one goal in nine of his past 11 outings. More of the same will be expected as the club prepares to open the knockout stage against Paris Saint-Germain.
Messi has tallied three career goals against Paris Saint-Germain in Champions League action, but has failed to find the back of the net in his past two UCL meetings with the defending Ligue 1 champions going into Tuesday afternoon’s matchup at Parc des Princes.
PSG forward Edinson Cavani sits second to Messi with six goals this season, but sits well back of the Argentine star with +1400 odds.
Cavani has been spectacular in recent Ligue 1 action, potting 14 goals in his past 12 appearances, and has had six multi-goal games this season. The 29-year-old Uruguayan also found the mark in his past two UCL contests. However, PSG was forced to settle for draws against Arsenal and Ludogorets Razgrad in those clashes.
Lewandowski Also in Second Tier of Odds
Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski has scored on five occasions in Champions League action this season, and sits alongside Cavani at +1400 odds.
Lewandowski picked up the lone goal in Bayern’s 1-0 win over Atletico Madrid in their group stage finale, and has scored in each of the squad’s four victories to date, but has been held scoreless in their two defeats.
Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo trails at +2000 after being held off the scoresheet in each of his past four UCL appearances. But the hero of Portugal’s Euro 2016 victory has shown signs of life of late, scoring in his past three overall appearances.
Barcelona’s Luis Suarez leads La Liga with 18 goals, one up on teammate Messi, but with just two markers in five Champions League outings the 30-year-old veteran joins Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero and Dortmund’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyeng at +2800.
*Odds as of February 14, 2017