Barcelona head into the Copa del Rey final on the back of successive defeats, yet bwin.com have generously given Real Madrid’s 8/5 odds to overcome them in normal time a price boost out to 7/4.
That hike means that new bwin.com customers stand a chance of scooping £52.50 if they back Carlo Ancelotti’s men to triumph in 90 minutes by virtue of their £30 free bet, rather than £48.
Barcelona are being pelted with criticism from all directions after 1-0 reverses to Atletico Madrid and Granada wiped them out of the Champions League and left them four points off the pace in La Liga, drifting to 5/1 to win the title.
Real Madrid’s prospects of ruining their third trophy challenge in the space of eight days are assisted by a run of four victories in five games.
In that period, their sole setback occurred against Borussia Dortmund in a Champions League tie that they already led 3-0 on aggregate.
In the other four matches, they weren’t breached once and scored 16 goals.
The capital club lost both league meetings with Barcelona this term, but eliminated their rivals at the semi-final stage of last season’s Copa del Rey courtesy of a 3-1 second-leg Camp Nou win, and beat them in the 2010/11 final, admittedly after extra time.
Real have needed just 90 minutes to make their point for much of this campaign, prevailing in 40 of their 51 fixtures under Ancelotti, and impressively conquered Atletico Madrid home (3-0) and away (2-0) in the semi-finals.
To Iker Casillas’ credit, they haven’t conceded one goal in their eight encounters in the competition.
The one worry for Los Blancos is the absence of Cristiano Ronaldo, though they have encouragingly won eight and drawn one of the ten 2013/14 games that he has missed to date, the aforementioned dead rubber in Dortmund providing the only defeat.
If you fancy Real but desire greater security, you can find odds of 19/20 on them winning the trophy by any means.