The greatest players on earth and arguably the most exciting two teams of the decade lock horns for the second time in a matter of days at the Estadio de Mestallo tomorrow (April 20th).
And while the weekend’s fixture between Barcelona and Real Madrid produced a battling 1-1 draw the Copa Del Rey final is sure to offer something more exciting as the La Liga rivals battle for domestic silverware.
Pep Guardiola’s men, having avoided defeat at the Bernabau, head into the match as favourites, with bwin pricing the Catalans at 22/25 to lift the trophy.
Those looking for longer odds could be tempted by Jose Mourinho’s Los Blancos who can be backed at 5/2.
In Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, two players who have scored at will in all competitions this year, the sides boast two players at the height of their powers and as such a high scoring game could be on the cards.
Those expecting a goal feast can bet on there being exactly seven goals at 33/1 while a thriller with eight or more goals offers odds of 50/1.
That said, Barcelona have not conceded a goal in the first 15 minutes of any game this season and have let in only six first-half goals. As such, the 8/5 odds on Real Madrid scoring more goals after half time could attract some of the more sensible money.
With Messi and Ronaldo in such a rich vein of form, there is little to whet the appetite with regard to large returns on either of the duo scoring. The Argentinean forward is priced at 9/10 to score at any time while the Portugal man is priced at 11/10.
Therefore, punters could be enticed to look elsewhere with Andres Iniesta a 9/1 shot of breaking the deadlock in tomorrow’s crunch fixture and Mesut Ozil offering the same odds to get the game off to a flying start.
While silverware is up for grabs, the two sides could use the final as another chance to size each other up. The rivals are due to meet in the Champions League semi final and a place in the Wembley final of Europe’s premier competition could see a number of players looking to stay injury free and available for the forthcoming glamour ties.
Barcelona have La Liga effectively wrapped up and a £10 bet on the Catalans to add the Copa Del Rey and Champions League trophies to their season’s haul would return £31.82. New customers can register here to receive a £25 free bet.