Magical Messi gives Barca the edge

Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi

After last night’s excitement, the Champions League spotlight turns to the Nou Camp where Barcelona can make home advantage count against Liverpool.

Barcelona to win and BTTS @ 47/20

Both of these clubs are five-time winners of this competition and the Blaugrana head into this game unbeaten in their last 31 European home matches.

Liverpool, however, have never lost at the ground and will be confident having won 10 on the spin.

One worry might be that Lionel Messi has never scored against them and may find himself extra motivated to add to his 10 goals in this competition this season.

While it is tough to see Barca keeping a clean sheet against the Reds, Messi is inspired this season and can guide his team to a first-leg advantage.

Monaco to win @ 21/20

Certain games make you lick your lips as a tipster and Rennes’ first major competition win since 1971 on Saturday means Monaco look too good to turn down in tonight’s Ligue 1 fixture.

Les Rouges et Noirs beat Paris Saint-Germain on penalties on Saturday to lift the Coupe de France, a result that is likely to mean they have been celebrating and with little else to play for, it will be tough to get up for this one.

Monaco, in contrast, have failed to win any of their last four and with the teams below them starting to pick up points, are back to looking over their shoulder.

However, history is on their side having lost only one of their last 11 to Rennes – a 2-1 defeat back in October – and I fancy Leonardo Jardim’s men to claim a significant victory in their battle to survive.

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