Daily Tips – Messi magic to end Chelsea challenge


Chelsea were the better side for much of the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash with Barcelona but could rue only coming away with a 1-1 draw.

Willian opened the scoring, only for Lionel Messi to equalise following an Andreas Christensen error. It was the Argentine’s first goal against the Blues but he will be raring to go for this one, having missed Saturday’s win at Malaga for the birth of his third child.

It would be daft not to back him to score and he is 21/10 to break the deadlock on a night I fancy Barca to dominate.

Chelsea’s chance was at home but they could struggle to enjoy any real possession at the Nou Camp.

The Blaugrana are unbeaten on their own patch this season and them to win to zero looks the way to go at 31/20.

For my second tip, I think it’s worth hearing me out before scoffing. I actually think Besiktas could beat Bayern Munich at home.

Bayern won the opening game 5-0 but having gone all out in Saturday’s defeat of Hamburg, Jupp Heynckes could look to rest some of his stars ahead of Sunday’s trip to RB Leipzig.

Besiktas themselves have a few defensive issues but are another side who are unbeaten at home this season and will see this game as a free hit.

Understandably, they are the 11/2 underdogs but in what is likely to be a cauldron of an atmosphere, I have a sneaky feeling they could nudge a result.

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