The Blaugrana captain has an excellent record in recent domestic finals, yet there could be more value in backing Los Che’s top scorer this season
The Blaugrana’s number 10 will assume even more responsibility this weekend with his side missing Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele, but with four goals in the last four finals of this competition, Messi has shown that he knows how to deliver in this domestic showpiece.
888Sport offer Messi at just 31/50 (1.62) to score at anytime on Saturday evening with the 31-year-old having racked up 50 goals in all competitions this season.
Messi has scored only twice in four Copa del Rey appearances this term, with Luis Suarez top scoring for Barca in the competition with three goals along with Philippe Coutinho.
The Uruguayan, though, is missing this weekend, so Coutinho is expected to feature despite being out for the last couple of weekends. He is priced at 2/1 (3.00) to score his fourth Copa goal of the season, the same price as compatriot Malcom.
The La Liga goals among Los Che’s strikers this season have been shared around, with Dani Parejo scoring nine, Rodrigo netting eight times, Santi Mina notching seven strikes and Kevin Gameiro scoring six.
In the Copa it is also Rodrigo who leads the way with four strikes and the Spain international ended the La Liga season strongly, scoring in both of his side’s last two away games.
Tips and predictions
Valencia’s top scorer this term in La Liga is captain Parejo with the midfielder notching nine goals – five of which have been penalties.
The side’s set piece specialist is available at 4/1 (5.00) to score at anytime, and that is tempting especially as he has found the back of the net in two of the last three meetings between the sides.
For those wanting a way to back Messi, the price of 11/10 (2.10) for him to net and Barca to win could appeal.