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Viktoria Plzen Barcelona Odds as Messi looks to fire in Champions League

Barcelona continue their Champions League campaign with Skybet offering free bets and live streams on the football. Barcelona ace Lionel Messi could secure a personal landmark this evening when he and his team travel to Vikrotia Plzen looking to book their place in the knock-out stages of the Champions League.

The Argentinean international – who has been in sensational form for the European Champions once again this season – is only one strike away from 200 goals for the club. He is also already the second highest scorer in the club’s history, with the all-time record of 235 firmly in his sights.

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The first priority is to reach 200 though and in doing so, helping Barcelona progress from Group H. As things stand with three games remaining, the Spanish club are 2nd to AC Milam having taken seven points from three games.

Should Barcelona win in Czech Republic and BATE Borisov fail to defeat AC Milan, Pep Guardiola’s men will have progressed to the last 16 with two group games still remaining.

The spotlight will no doubt be on Messi though as he searches for his 200th Barcelona goal. He went to 199 after a hat-trick against Real Mallorca over the weekend.

Prior to this, he had gone three games without a goal which was described as a ‘crisis’ in some parts, something which has been branded as ‘crazy’ by the man himself.

As for the game itself tonight, Barca sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta is expecting it to be a tough challenge for Messi and co, a theory backed up by the fact that they were made to work hard for a 2-0 win when the two sides met at the Nou Camp earlier this month.

Zubizarreta said: The fans there create a lot of pressure. And our opponents have a challenge, which is to beat Barca, something which puts you on the map.”

“Viktoria showed us that they are not a team who get daunted, they take risks and they look to create chances. We had a lot of chances in the Nou Camp, but that didn’t scare them much either.”

Barcelona are boosted by the return of Alexis Sanchez from injury though, so this will provide them with even more attacking options. The Chile international has been out for around six weeks with a hamstring injury.

He has been included in the squad for tonight’s game against Plzen though as Barcelona look to progress to the next round of the Champions League.

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