Despite the recent goal-scoring exploits of Pedro, Neymar and Alexis Sanchez, Barcelona will be delighted to see Lionel Messi lining up in the famous Blaugrana shirt against Getafe.
The Argentine’s last appearance came in November, when he retired after just 22 minutes of his side’s 4-1 win over Real Betis.
As Messi might not be risked from the start in the Copa del Rey clash at the Camp Nou, the best way to cash in on his return is to back him to score last at 2/1.
Punters registering with bwin today can claim a £20 free bet which, if used to back the Rosarian maestro to net last, could yield a profit of £40.
In his absence, Barcelona have coped remarkably well due to the stellar form of understudies Neymar, Pedro and Sanchez, who have notched 15 times in nine games between them.
That run included a 5-2 win at the Azulones, who raced into a two-goal lead before a nine-minute hat-trick from Pedro turned the game by half-time.
Getafe might have hoped for an easier time in this cup match as Barcelona face Atletico Madrid in a huge game in the La Liga title fight this weekend, but Messi’s return has scotched those aspirations.
The four-time Ballon d’Or winner has bagged eight goals in 13 games against Getafe, including four in his past three.
He also recorded perhaps his most famous goal against the Madrid-based club back in 2007, when he rounded six players to score in a manner eerily reminiscent of his compatriot Diego Maradona.
How many Messi nets tonight will depend on how many minutes of action he sees, but with or without him Barcelona are likely to run up a cricket score.
The Blaugrana have notched 19 against Getafe in their past four meetings, making the 2/5 of them bagging three or more goals a sure-fire moneyspinner.
The Azulones are 17/1 to claim an unlikely victory at the Camp Nou, with the draw priced at 33/4.