The amazing early season form of Diego Costa means he has only Lionel Messi for company at the top of the La Liga scoring charts and he’s well worth backing at a juicy 17/2 to bag first against Real Madrid, especially with bwin’s double/triple offer multiplying your odds should he strike again.
Carlo Ancelotti’s hosts are 31/50 to avenge their Copa Del Rey final defeat at the hand of Los Rojiblancos, who are 15/4 outsiders for victory, with the draw 31/10.
Costa is outscoring Cristiano Ronaldo in La Liga despite taking 38 less shots.
The Brazilian has shown a formidable chance-conversion rate in the league this term, plundering seven goals to Ronaldo’s six and with the spectacular carrot of a World Cup in his home nation to tilt for at the end of it all he’s unlikely to be slowing down any time soon.
Real Sociedad are the only side to deny him a goal in six games this season.
The former Valladolid man is 2/1 to get on the scoresheet at any time in proceedings at the Bernabeu.
However, the bigger odds of him notching first are well worth risking considering five of his seven goals in 2013/14 have come in the first half.
With bwin doubling or tripling your first goalscorer and any time scorer odds if Costa nets again once or twice in the fixture the fact that his impressive tally already includes two doubles this term – one of them netted last time out against Osasuna – makes him an even better bet.
The Brazilian is looking for his second goal in as many games against Los Blancos.
Banging one in at the home of his side’s city rivals is nothing new for the 24-year-old either.
He equalised for Atleti when they took the Copa del Rey off Real in their own back yard in the sides’ most recent meeting.
Real have just one clean sheet in seven games this season.
The bullying Brazilian is sure to be afforded ample opportunity to beam a net-rippling message to his national team boss Luiz Felipe Scolari at the Bernabeu thanks to Los Merengues’ defensive generosity under Ancelotti.