Copa del Rey Betting: Both Teams To Score In Clasico Showdown


Barcelona 2.50, the draw 3.60, Real Madrid 2.75

 

It's less than a month since the epic 4-3 at the Bernabéu, when the two teams participated in one of the greatest Clasicos of all-time. If this is even half as good, then we are in for a real treat...

 

Valencia's Mestalla is the neutral stadium for this year's Copa del Rey final. It was the same venue that saw the two sides meet in 2011, as a Cristiano Ronaldo header in extra-time gave José Mourinho his first trophy in Spain. 

 

Carlo Ancelotti's Real Madrid is in the hunt for the treble, whilst for Gerardo Martino's Barcelona it may be their only chance of silverware unless results in the league swing back in their favour. 

 

Both clubs have experienced highs and lows in recent weeks, it promises to be an exciting altercation with the referee at the centre of attention.

 

 

 

Team News

 

 

Carles Puyol will make his first start for six weeks as Barça look to plug their problem back-line. "I’m working to get ready for the Cup final. I want to play in all of these games," said the skipper. 

 

Martino is likely to field Neymar and Lionel Messi in attack, with the midfielder quartet of Xavi, Cesc Fàbregas, Andrés Iniesta and Sergio Busquets.

 

Los Blancos could be without their star player Ronaldo after he was initially prescribed as missing for two weeks. "He’s progressing every day so don’t rule him out," said Ancelotti, "But we won’t take any chances." 

 

If the Portuguese forward fails to recover, then Ángel di María will continue out wide. Club captains Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos are expected to start, with the latter waiting for medical clearance after injuring his neck.

 

 

Form

 

Its back-to-back 4-0 wins in the league for Real Madrid as they bounced back from their recent league disappointments. The defeat in Dortmund did show vulnerability without their star player. There is a crisis brewing at the Camp Nou, a third consecutive defeat and a loss in a final to their arch-rivals would be a disaster for both Martino and the supporters.

 

 

Messi v Bale

 

 

"There’s nothing wrong with Messi, only that we’ve been spoiled by him," said Barça Sporting Director Andoni Zubizarreta this week. There has been plenty of criticism levelled at the Argentine in the last week, with suggestions that he is pacing himself for the World Cup. 

 

Messi silenced the critics with a hat-trick last time the clubs met. For Messi to score first it's 4.40 and for another treble he is 18.00

 

With the possibility of Ronaldo not making it, the Welshman will take centre stage. Gareth Bale has settled into life in the Spanish capital well and is showing his capability on a weekly basis.  

 

However, his legend will very much depend on these types of matches. He needs a strong performance in this game and a goal would be huge. For Bale to score the opener it's 7.00 or a remarkable hat-trick is a very profitable 40.00

 

 

 

Goalscorer betting

 

These games are made for unlikely heroes, it would be fitting for Puyol to score the winner in his last ever final. To do so he is 33.00. For Real Madrid, you can get Luka Modrić at 15.00 or Ramos at 22.00, to break the deadlock. 

 

 

 

Best bets

 

 

Goals are guaranteed with 23 in the last six involving the two clubs, over 3.5 goals can be found at 2.45

 

The two sides will do everything possible to win and the referee's decision making will be tested to the limit once again. There were three controversial penalties last time. It's 7.50 for Barcelona to score from the spot or 8.00 for Madrid to do the same. 

 

Everyone is hoping for a repeat of the 4-3, it's certainly optimistic, but worth an outside chance. For Barcelona to win by that score it's 80.00 or for Madrid it's 75.00

 

 

 

Verdict

 

Barcelona is a mess tactically and physically, but anything can happen in a one-off meeting. Without Ronaldo, Madrid is a different proposition in the big matches. Their ability to win this could depend on his overall fitness. Expect a draw inside 90 minutes at 3.60, with a moment of luck or inspiration deciding who takes the trophy home. 

 

 

Score prediction: Barcelona 2-2 Real Madrid 11.00