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Rupert Wyman 7th Apr 2009 - 12:32

Goals galore in the tie of the round

Lionel Messi and Barcelona welcome Bayern Munich to the Nou Camp on Wednesday night for the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final.

The Argentine star has scored six goals in the competition this season and is arguably the greatest player on the planet. But the pitch at the Nou Camp on Wednesday night will be full of world class players making this the best looking of the four quarter-finals.

Messi's Barcelona side are 4/9 favourites to win the first leg and after winning five matches in a row it is difficult to go against the Catalans. Pep Guardiola's men sit six points clear at the top of La Liga with rivals Real Madrid trailing behind in second.

Barca have won 10 of their last 11 Champions League matches against German sides. While Bayern Munich have only won one and lost five of their last seven Champions League matches against teams from Spain.

Bayern are 15/2 to come away from the Nou Camp with a crucial lead heading into next week's second leg at the Allianz Arena. But they were hammered 5-1 by top-of-the-table Wolfsburg at the weekend which saw Jurgen Klinsmann's side slip down to fourth in the Bundesliga.

With Bayern's latest result in mind and the sides' respective recent records against teams from the other country there surely can only be one result on Wednesday, a first leg win for Barcelona.

Barca are unlikely to make it easy for themselves though as they have only kept one clean sheet in their last nine Champions League matches and with Bayern's firepower they should be able to score an away goal.

If Bayern score an away goal, and provided they don't concede too many, they will have a key advantage for the second leg and therefore could be a bit of value at 9/4 to qualify and claim a place in this year's semi-finals.

Jurgen Klinsmann though does have some selection problems for the first leg as this season's Champions League top goalscorer Miroslav Klose will be missing through injury, as will his first-choice defensive pairing of Daniel van Buyten and Lucio after the latter was injured in the defeat at the weekend.

In Klose's absence Italian Luca Toni and Frenchman Franck Ribery will lead the attack. Ribery is allegedly a target for Barca in the summer and he is available at 7/2 to get on the scoresheet in the Nou Camp to prove his ability to the Catalan giants.

For the home side Samuel Eto'o scored the winner against Valladolid at the weekend and he is a man in form having scored four goals in four matches. The Cameroon international is 4/1 to score the first goal and get Barcelona off to the perfect start.

Thierry Henry's next goal in the Champions League will be his 50th and he is even money to score on Wednesday.

With the array of attacking quality on the pitch the over two goals selection in the total goals market looks like a banker at 8/15. The sides have scored the most goals in this year's competition, 24 each in just eight matches and Barcelona have also conceded the most goals, 11, of the quarter-finalists.

Therefore forget your all-English quarter-final of Liverpool and Chelsea this quarter-final in the Nou Camp should be full of attacking flair and goals giving you much better entertainment than the likely dour all-Premier League match-up between two of the most boring sides in the competition.

Be sure to join us for this cracker of a match as once the match gets underway at 19:45 on Wednesday our fantastic betlive service will be available offering you a wide range of in-play betting opportunities. And if you place a £20 bet on the 90 minutes market in the Liverpool v Chelsea match we will give you a £5 free bet on the in-play correct score (live score) market in either of Wednesday's quarter-finals.

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