This Wednesday there will be Lionel Messi’s debut in the Champions League, a competition that will be played for the first time with a different shirt from Barcelona. Starting at 4 pm, PSG will visit Bruges and great expectations are set on the possible presence of the trident that promises fantasy in Europe, along with Mbappé and Neymar. The French team is the big favorite in the bookmakers.
According to Betfair forecasts, PSG has an 82% chance of adding three in Belgium, as a win for the team that Pochettino directs pays just 1.26 per euro wagered. For its part, the tie is trading at 6.5 (15.4%) and Bruges’ Belgian victory delivers 10 euros for each one invested (8.3%).
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With regard to Messi in a particular way, the bets almost take for granted that he will make a goal in the Champions League debut. Leo’s cry barely pays 1.4 per euro invested, that is, a 71.4% probability, a lower share than those of Mbappé (1.55 and 62.5%) and Neymar (1.75 and 55.6%).
While waiting for them to share the pitch for the first time, the PSG trident has already become a great favorite for the European season. The arrival of Messi triggered the price of the French team, which currently is the top favorite to stay with this Champions, on 32 participating teams. How much do you pay if you raise the Orejona? 4.5 for every euro wagered.
Two records within Messi’s reach
If the forecasts are confirmed and Leo finally puts it in this Wednesday for the Champions League, PSG’s number 30 will break the record for consecutive seasons by scoring in Europe’s top club competition: it did it in the last 16 editions, from 2005-2006 onwards. Karim Benzema, Real Madrid scorer, is in the same situation.
Messi shares with Ronaldo the record for hat-tricks in the Champions League.
The other mark that Messi can reach is a little more complicated, but absolutely possible for the best footballer on the planet. In case of scoring three times, as he did against Bolivia in Qualifying, Leo will become the player with the most hat-tricks in the history of the Champions League: Right now he has eight and shares the first place with Cristiano Ronaldo.
According to Betfair forecasts, Messi starts with a 12.5% probability of scoring in triplicate, with a fee of 8 euros for each bet. In this area he also pays less than his teammates: Neymar, for example, is quoted twice as much as Leo: 16 euros if the Brazilian scores three goals. Bring records …